A Century of Women by Sheila Rowbotham
The History of Women in Britain and the United States

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In "A Century of Women" one of our finest feminist historians meets the challenge that she sets for herself in her opening pages. In a compelling and readable narrative, Sheila Rowbotham charts the remarkable changes and interchanges in the lives of British and American women over the last 100 years, recording not only the effects of events but also the varied ways that women themselves have shaped this century and changed its course. From the nameless women who marched for the vote, stood on picket lines or refused to ride on segregated busses, to the politicians, poets and film stars whose faces fill our newspapers and television screens -- all are given their place and their stories told. Organized decaded by decade, each chapter is interleaved with entertaining essays on subjects such as popular fiction, prostitution, the Arts and Crafts movement, pin-ups, wartime songs, the motor car, lesbian culture, body and image, the kitchen and Barbie dolls. The book concludes with a useful reference section containing the biographiesof almost 400 women. Ranging from the broad political canvas of two world wars, the arrival of universal suffrage and huge global migrations, to the changing patterns of working women's lives, maternal welfare and the sexual revolution, "A Century of Women" provides a unique overview of the twentieth century.

About Sheila Rowbotham

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Rowbotham is a Sociology Research Fellow at Manchester University in England.
Published December 1, 1997 by Viking Adult. 752 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The 1980s saw Margaret Thatcher take the spotlight as prime minister of Britain, and women begin to turn their political attention to welfare cuts and nuclear energy, while in the US under President Reagan, women struggled to keep their gains, including the right to abortion.

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Throughout, Rowbotham ties her discussion to specific women, who range from Doris Day, the performer, to Dorothy Day, the social activist, and repeatedly points out that over the century, women's claims for freedom and justice have ""oscillated between equality with men and improvements in their ...

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