Gender studies: women

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  • 30-Second Feminism

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    30-Second Feminism

    30-Second Feminism gives a brief and concise guide to all the key concepts of the feminist movement, each explained in 300 words and one picture.
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  • Becoming

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    Becoming

    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the US and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerising storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world.

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  • Difficult Women

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    Difficult Women

    Well-behaved women don’t make history: difficult women do. Helen Lewis argues that feminism’s success is down to complicated, contradictory, imperfect women, who fought each other as well as fighting for equal rights. Too many of these pioneers have been whitewashed or forgotten in our modern search for feel-good, inspirational heroines. It’s time to reclaim the history of feminism as a history of difficult women. In this book, you’ll meet the working-class suffragettes who advocated bombings and arson; the princess who discovered why so many women were having bad sex; the pioneer of the refuge movement who became a men’s rights activist; the ‘striker in a sari’ who terrified Margaret Thatcher; the wronged Victorian wife who definitely wasn’t sleeping with the prime minister; and the lesbian politician who outraged the country.

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  • Invisible Women

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    Invisible Women

    Award-winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. She exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives. Caroline brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are excluded from the very building blocks of the world we live in, and the impact this has on their health and wellbeing.

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  • Jane Austen

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    Jane Austen

    The life of Jane Austen remains fairly opaque. However, in spite of this the author has written a very observant and revealing biography of this remarkable writer whose characters are as alive today in their longings as they were 200 years ago.

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  • Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders

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    Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders

    It is a myth that the First World War liberated women. The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919 was one of the most significant pieces of legislation in modern Britain. It should have marked a social revolution, opening the doors of the traditional professions to women who had worked so hard during the War, and welcoming them inside as equals. But what really happened? ‘Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders’ focuses on the lives of pioneering women forging careers in the fields of medicine, law, academia, architecture, engineering and the church. In her startling study into the public and private worlds of these unsung heroines, Jane Robinson sheds light on their desires and ambitions, and how family and society responded to this emerging class of working women. This book is written in their honour. Their shared vision, sacrifice and spirited perseverance began a process we have yet to finish.

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  • Magnificent Women and Their Revolutionary Machines

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    Magnificent Women and Their Revolutionary Machines

    A centenary tribute to Britain’s trailblazing, boundary-breaking women engineers

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  • More Than I Love My Life

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    More Than I Love My Life

    On a kibbutz in Israel in 2008, Gili is celebrating the ninetieth birthday of her grandmother Vera, the adored matriarch of a sprawling and tight-knit family. But festivities are interrupted by the arrival of Nina: the iron-willed daughter who rejected Vera’s care; and the absent mother who abandoned Gili when she was still a baby. Nina’s return to the family after years of silence precipitates an epic journey from Israel to the desolate island of Goli Otok, formerly part of Yugoslavia. It was here, five decades earlier, that Vera was held and tortured as a political prisoner. And it is here that the three women will finally come to terms with the terrible moral dilemma that Vera faced, and that permanently altered the course of their lives.

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  • Oroonoko

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    Oroonoko

    First published in 1688, this title is a short, politically charged novella by the Restoration playwright and spy Aphra Behn, and is arguably one of the founding texts of the novel form. Purporting to chart the life of an African prince, Oroonoko, who is tricked into slavery and taken to South America, the narrative follows the Prince through his trials of love, loss and rebellion. Vying for the title of the first English novel and certainly the first to be read as an indictment of the treatment of Africans ‘Oroonoko’ has all the hallmarks of Behn’s stage works, which are widely considered to be amongst the most important of the Restoration period.

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  • Patriarchy and Accumulation On A World Scale

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    Patriarchy and Accumulation On A World Scale

    A ground-breaking theory of capitalist patriarchy explaining women’s exploitation from the beginning.

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  • Queens of the Crusades

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    Queens of the Crusades

    The Plantagenet queens of England played a role in some of the most dramatic events in our history. Crusading queens, queens in rebellion against their king, queen seductresses, learned queens, queens in battle, queens who enlivened England with the romantic culture of southern Europe – these determined women often broke through medieval constraints to exercise power and influence, for good and sometimes for ill. Alison Weir’s ground-breaking history of the queens of Medieval England now moves into a period of even higher drama, from 1154 to 1291: years of chivalry, dynastic ambition, conflict with the church, baronial wars, and the all-pervading bonds of feudalism.

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  • Rebel Writers

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    Rebel Writers

    In London in 1958 a play by a 19-year-old redefined women’s writing in Britain. It also began a movement that would change women’s lives forever. The play was ‘A Taste of Honey’ and the author, Shelagh Delaney, was the first of a succession of very young women who wrote about their lives with an honesty that dazzled the world. They rebelled against sexism, inequality and prejudice and in doing so rejected masculine definitions of what writing and a writer should be. After Delaney came Edna O’Brien, Lynne Reid Banks, Virginia Ironside, Charlotte Bingham, Margaret Forster and Nell Dunn, each challenging traditional concepts of womanhood in novels, films, television, essays and journalism. Not since the Brontës have a group of young women been so determined to tell the truth about what it is like to be a girl and proposed new ways to live and love in the future.

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  • Recovering Dorothy

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    Recovering Dorothy

    Dorothy Wordsworth is well-known as the author of the Alfoxden and Grasmere Journals (1798-1803) and as the sister of the poet William Wordsworth. She is praised for her nature writing and as a woman with great physical vitality: someone who could walk long distances, who had great stamina, strength, and a certain wildness. Less well known is that in 1829 Dorothy became seriously ill, and was mostly housebound from 1835. She lived another twenty years after that, outliving her brother by five years. This book is about the Dorothy we don’t know – disabled, housebound – who makes her sick room into a garden for herself and her pet robin, and who is finally able to call herself a poet.

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  • Spider Woman

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    Spider Woman

    Lady Hale is an inspirational figure admired for her historic achievements and for the causes she has championed. Spider Woman is her story. As ‘a little girl from a little school in a little village in North Yorkshire’, she only went into the law because her headteacher told her she wasn’t clever enough to study history. She became the most senior judge in the country but it was an unconventional path to the top. How does a self-professed ‘girly swot’ get ahead in a profession dominated by men? Was it a surprise that the perspectives of women and other disadvantaged groups had been overlooked, or that children’s interests were marginalised? A lifelong smasher of glass-ceilings, who took as her motto ‘women are equal to everything’, her landmark rulings in areas including domestic violence, divorce, mental health and equality were her attempt to correct that. As President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale won global attention in finding t

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  • Strong Female Lead

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    Strong Female Lead

    Women have been taught to ‘lean in’ and act like men to get ahead. But as the financial, environmental, and social systems crumble, isn’t it time we had a different plan? The first two decades of the 21st century have seen financial collapse, a global pandemic, the devastation of our environment and the disintegration of democracies. But while some at the top are telling us ‘it is what is it’, there’s a new generation of leaders showing the world how to be better. They’re building trust, investing wisely and acting decisively. And they’ve got one thing in common. In this book, Arwa Mahdawi investigates the qualities demonstrated by female leaders who show us how it’s done, including original research and interviews with Madeleine Albright, Mary Robinson, Alicia Garza and many others.

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  • The Last Witches of England

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    The Last Witches of England

    On the morning of Thursday 29 June 1682, a magpie came rasping, rapping and tapping at the window of a prosperous Devon merchant. Frightened by its appearance, his servants and members of his family had, within a matter of hours, convinced themselves that the bird was an emissary of the devil sent by witches to destroy the fabric of their lives. As the result of these allegations, three women of Bideford came to be forever defined as witches. A Secretary of State brushed aside their case and condemned them to the gallows; to hang as the last group of women to be executed in England for the crime. Yet, the hatred of their neighbours endured. For Bideford, it was said, was a place of witches. In this book, John Callow explores the remarkable tale of the Bideford Witches.

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