The theme Political Women 1500 ľ 1900
comprises research on women who were politically active before the
breakthrough of political democracy. The concept includes women who
sought to influence the exercise of power, e.g. by voting in local,
regional or national elections or attempting to influence politicians
through petitions, personal conversations or bribery, and/or women
who participated in establishing political power groups, e.g. the
Salonnières of the Enlightenment, female patrons or women who
were part of informal power structures in their local communities.
Women taking part in revolts and/or collective protests are other
examples of politically active women. All women belonging to this
category, regardless of the social class (peasantry, bourgeoisie,
nobility or other) they belonged to, are of interest.