Dreamers of a New Day by Sheila Rowbotham
Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century

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From the 1880s to the 1920s, a profound social awakening among women extended the possibilities of change far beyond the struggle for the vote. Amid the growth of globalized trade, mass production, immigration and urban slums, American and British women broke with custom and prejudice. Taking off corsets, forming free unions, living communally, buying ethically, joining trade unions, doing social work in settlements, these “dreamers of a new day” challenged ideas about sexuality, mothering, housework, the economy and citizenship.

Drawing on a wealth of research, Sheila Rowbotham has written a groundbreaking new history that shows how women created much of the fabric of modern life. These innovative dreamers raised questions that remain at the forefront of our twenty-first-century lives.

About Sheila Rowbotham

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Sheila Rowbotham is Professor of Gender and Labour History at the University of Manchester, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her many books include the James Tait Black-shortlisted Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love, A Century of Women: The History of Women in Britain and the United States in the Twentieth Century, Promise Of A Dream: Remembering the Sixties, and Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century. She has written for, among other newspapers, the Guardian, The Times, The Independent, New Statesman, and The New York Times. She lives in Manchester.
Published July 1, 2011 by Verso. 288 pages
Genres: History, Gay & Lesbian, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Her lively arguments about women's conditions are repeatedly revisited, but in a fragmented form that obscures the trajectory of her remarkable life.

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We might think we're being radical and original — we've nothing on our great-great grandmothers.

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Seattle PI

They also wanted access to birth control and abortion — rights that women are still fighting for today — (while also — generally — rejecting Malthusian and eugenics reasoning around them).

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It is thanks to women like Margaret Macmillan, who fought for school clinics and meals for schoolchildren, or Dora Russell, who campaigned for sex education, or Clementina Black, who spent her life campaigning for the rights of women workers, and who was active on the Women's Industrial Council, ...

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Sheila Rowbotham’s Dreamers Of A New Day (Verso, £17.99) is filled with sexual subversives, social idealists and utopian dreamers.

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