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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?

Rendell presents a clear picture of the expectations for women and the ways in which the women her choose expressed their individuality.

NetGalley, reviewed by Judith Morris

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The author has clearly done a lot of research when compiling the women for this book. Even though the sections were short, there was a lot of information included. It was good to see that some of the woman were based in Bristol which is local to me, and a city I visit often.

I really enjoyed this book and it was a nice break between fiction. It definitely interested me, and appealed to me, as someone who is really into British history.

I'd definitely recommend it! It just goes to show that women can do anything.

NetGalley, reviewed by Katie Brock

An interesting look at the public role of women in the Georgian era, this book asks whether women were as unenterprising as has historically been thought. I learned about some women previously unheard of to me, and I thought the author wrote well and the book kept my interest. The author makes a good closing argument where he discusses the sidelining and the glossing over of the work of most women in history.

NetGalley, reviewed by Gayle Noble

I enjoyed the work, found it enlightening and easy to read. I would recommend it to others who want to know more about the Georgian Era, more about women's history and the ways they have circumvented conventions, and even those hoping to gain a greater understanding of various economic and business practices of the time period. I can even see this work being beneficial in literary and history classes focusing on the time period.

NetGalley, reviewed by Tiffany Thompson

The book itself has a conversational style, one I’ve noted with other books by Pen & Sword, and so it’s easy to fall into reading it. I read quite a lot of history books and most are so detailed they can feel overwhelming. This doesn’t and, as I said earlier, is a great introduction to the subject.

NetGalley, reviewed by Emma Littlefield

This book was very informative and showcased how women from this era paved the way for the women's movement.

NetGalley, reviewed by Cristie Underwood

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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