Dr Ben Griffin, Fellow in History at Girton, has been awarded the Royal Historical Society's prestigious Whitfield Prizefor 2012 at the Society's annual reception in London, for his book The Politics of Gender in Victorian Britain - Masculinity, Political Culture and the Struggle for Women's Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
The judges' official citation says that 'Ben Griffin's
beautifully clear and crystalline monograph makes an important contribution both to Victorian political history and to gender studies.
argues that the fortunes of the women's movement in parliament can only properly be understood by considering the notions of masculinity articulated by the legislators themselves.
By showing the degree to which individual allegiances often shifted, he
shows the inappropriateness of simplistic pro-suffrage/anti-suffrage, pro-feminist/anti-feminist categories.
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