The Ascent of Woman: A History of the Suffragette Movement (Paperback)
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The story of the fight to gain the vote for women is about much more than a peripheral if picturesque skirmish around the introduction of universal suffrage. It is an explosive story of social and sexual revolutionary upheaval, and one which has not yet ended. The movement for women's suffrage in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries prefigured to a startling extent the controversies which rage today around the role of women. Far from the stereotype of a uniform body of women chaining themselves to railings, the early feminist movement was riven by virulent arguments over women's role in society, the balance to be struck between self-fulfilment and their duties to family and children, and their relationship with men. Melanie Phillips' brilliant book tells the story of the fight for women's suffrage in a way which sets the high drama of those events in the context of the moral and intellectual ferment that characterised it.
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'Gripping and rather magnificent' THE TIMES; 'A richly detailed history' DAILY TELEGRAPH; 'This highly enjoyable history gives an excellent sense of the vivid feuds, ideological divides and disputes which fractured the enlivened the progressive Victorian feminist movement' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH; '[A book] shot through with Phillips' customary clarity ... [she] shows beautifully that the vote was really symbolic of a far wider range of issues on which women were struggling to find a public voice' EVENING STANDARD
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The Ascent of Woman examines the fascinating rise of 'first wave' feminism; a subject important to anyone interested in the role of women and feminism today. Melanie Phillips' social history is wideranging: covering the temperance movement, women's militancy and their role in the 1st world war; a solid introduction into 19th century social history. The text is vivid and fast paced, an easy read and an excellent entry into an extremely interesting topic. (Kirkus UK)
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