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A Century of Women: The History of Women in Britain and the United States

Rowbotham, Sheila

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ISBN 10: 0670874205 / ISBN 13: 9780670874200
Published by Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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"I have thus chosen an open-ended narrative in which there is space for what is distinct. But I hope that in spanning a century the overlaps and echoes become more evident and that this book will make it more possible to reflect on the remarkable changes and interchanges in the lives of British and American women in the last 100 years." This book has 753 pages and is illustrated throughout. Bookseller Inventory # 016580

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Title: A Century of Women: The History of Women in ...

Publisher: Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Pictorial Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: Second U. S. Printing

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A distinguished social and feminist historian chronicles the dramatic changes that have taken place in the lives of American and British women over the course of the last one hundred years, explaining how women have shaped the twentieth century and featuring essays on topics ranging from lesbian culture to Barbie dolls.


A Century of Women is an amiable though exhaustingly packed overview of women's lives from 1900 to the 1990s in England and America, two countries joined by a language but divergent in many other ways. Cross-pollination of fads and politics ferried across the Atlantic yielded similar, though hardly identical, fruit. The British suffragettes who plotted ways to get themselves jailed inspired their American sisters, who leaned more heavily on the lever of propaganda. Tactics used by women trying to unionize the U.S. garment trade owed a tip of the hat to English labor organizers who encouraged waves of strikes in the first decade of the century. In the 1960s, when ripples from the American women's liberation movement splashed down in parts of England, trade unionists fought for equal job opportunities and the London Women's Liberation Workshop labeled their newsletter "Harpies Bizarre." Sheila Rowbotham fills each page with so many quotes, people, and events that readers may grow frustrated at being hustled along too fast to enjoy a particular time.

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