Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education (Paperback)
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Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 29/04/2010
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The incredible story of the fight for female education in Britain

In 1869, when five women enrolled at university for the first time in British history, the average female brain was thought to be 150 grams lighter than a man's. When the Cambridge Senate held a vote on whether women students should be allowed official membership of the university, there was a full-scale riot. Despite the prejudice and the terrible sacrifices they faced, women from all backgrounds persevered and paved the way for the generations who have followed them since.

Bluestockings tells an inspiring story - of defiance and determination, of colourful eccentricity and at times heartbreaking loneliness, as well as of passionate friendships, midnight cocoa-parties and glorious self-discovery.

'Social history of the best kind' Sunday Times

'Modern girls need reminding of the long battle, and Jane Robinson's fine book does just that, charting the lives and struggles of campaigners' Mail on Sunday

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141029719
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm


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Social history of the best kind -- Sunday Times - Sunday Times

Modern girls need reminding of the long battle, and Jane Robinson's fine book does just that, charting the lives and struggles of campaigners ... But there is more joy than sorrow -- Mail on Sunday - Mail on Sunday

Jane Robinson is excellent on the determination of girls to go to university, sometimes in the face of parental opposition ... There is also riveting material in Bluestockings on the opposition that the women face at college -- Mary Beard, The Times - Mary Beard, The Times

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“Every teenage girl should have one”

At a time when would-be university students are facing financial obstacles and severe competition for places, it is inspiring to read about the women who overcame different challenges to obtaining a university... More

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“Fascinating and inspiring”

Having taken my right to a university for granted (and perhaps wasted some of the opportunity) it was fascinating to read about the trailblazers and the women and men who made it happen.
I was as eager to keep reading... More

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“Inspiring”

It was fascinating to read about the individuals responsible for allowing women to both participate in and have their achievements in higher education recognised. It puts into perspective the challenges faced by women... More

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