“A fine history of women punching against the patriarchy”—The Independent (UK)
“Excellent three-parter on women’s struggle for political influence” —The Guardian (UK)
“An eye-opening history lesson”—Manchester Evening News (UK)
“Fascinating exploration of women’s 300-year long campaign for political and sexual equality”—Daily Telegraph (UK)
In this sweeping, often shocking series, historian Amanda Vickery (The Story of Women and Art) tells the untold story of British women’s fight for equality, a centuries-old battle of women vs. men.
Vickery profiles key figures including Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother of feminism; Hannah More, who found ways for women to enter public life; and suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst. She visits the Houses of Parliament, Queen Victoria’s holiday home, and a livestock market where men once sold their wives at auction. And she converses frankly with other experts, among them current Member of Parliament Stella Creasy and Viscount Astor, son of Nancy Astor, the first female MP.
Passionate about her subject, Vickery guides us through history, from an early march for women’s rights in 1649 to a notorious incident in 1738, when the Duchess of Queensberry crashed the House of Lords, to the violent, militant activities of the Edwardian suffragettes and the modern-day campaign to put a woman on a British bank note. And she reminds us that the fight is not over yet.
Professor Amanda Vickery, Queen Mary University of London