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Trailblazing Women of the Georgian Era (Paperback)

The Eighteenth-Century Struggle for Female Success in a Man's World

British History Social History Women of History Georgian Era Georgian Era

By Mike Rendell
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 155
ISBN: 9781473886056
Published: 5th March 2018


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Trailblazing Women of the Georgian Era offers a fascinating insight into the world of female inequality in the Eighteenth Century. It looks at the reasons for that inequality – the legal barriers, the lack of education, the prejudices and misconceptions held by men – and also examines the reluctance of women to compete on an equal footing. Why did so many women accept that ‘a woman’s place was in the home’? Using seventeen case studies of women who succeeded despite all the barriers and opposition, the author asks why, in the light of their success, so little progress was made in the Victorian era.

Representing women from all walks of life; artists, business women, philanthropists, inventors and industrialists, the book examines the way that the Quaker movement, with its doctrine of equality between men and women, spawned so many successful businesses and helped propel women to the forefront. In the 225 years since the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, questions remain as to why those noble ideas about equality were left to founder during the Victorian era? And why are there still so many areas where, for historical reasons, equality is still a mirage?

This was a very interesting book. I learned so much -- some things I knew, some things I didn't know and some things I learned more about. I find this part of history interesting and incorporating well known women in history adds to the interest as well as understanding. People of the past truly do pave the way for the future and these trailblazing women of the Georgian Era are an example. Their hardship has led to today's equality, but it is not over yet and we have this book as a look at the past to help us improve the future.

NetGalley, reviewed by Charity Howard
 Mike Rendell

About Mike Rendell

This is Mike's eighth book, all of them about Georgian England. His interest in the period was inspired by a fascinating cache of papers left by his 18th Century ancestors. He has written a general social history, a story about the founder of the modern circus, an introduction to the Georgians and to the Regency period, as well as books on art-related subjects. He spends his time, when not writing, giving lectures about life in Georgian Britain, both in England and abroad, and on cruise liners. He divides his time between homes in Spain and on the edge of Dartmoor.

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