Ascent of Woman by Melanie Phillips
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Ascent of Woman
By Melanie Phillips

The Ascent of Woman

A History of the Suffragette Movement

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Ascent of Woman by Melanie Phillips

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349116600
ISBN-10: 0349116601
Format: Paperback
(201mm x 127mm x 26mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » 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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Author Biography - Melanie Phillips

Melanie Phillips is a DAILY MAIL and former SUNDAY TIMES columnist and broadcaster who is a regular panellist on Radio 4's THE MORAL MAZE.

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