Archive for May 2002

the women’s century: guide to chapters …

Before 1901: A Woman’s Place

gives an overview of women’s status and roles before the 20th century

1900–1914: Deeds not Words

covers the suffragette movement and profiles Annie Kenney and Lady Constance Lytton

1914–1918: On Her their Lives Depend

deals with women’s work in the First World War – it includes profiles of Vera Brittain and Edith Cavell

The 1920s: The Modern Miss

covers the period which saw women gain the vote and an improved status under the law – it includes profiles of Marie Stopes and Lady Astor

The 1930s: Domestic Bliss or Suburban Neurosis

surveys the decade in which women (with a few exceptions) seem to disappear from the scene – it includes profiles of ‘Red’ Ellen Wilkinson and Amy Johnson

1939–1945: What Did You Do in the War, Mummy?

deals with the enormous contribution that women made to the war effort – it includes profiles of Violet Szabo and Vera Lynn

The 1940s/1950s: From Housewives’ Choice to Rock and Roll

covers the immediate post war years which saw changing expectations, the ending of the marriage bar and calls for equal pay – it includes profiles of Jill Craigie and Rosalind Franklin

The 1960s: Dolly Birds and Double Standards

questions whether the ‘swinging sixties’ really brought women freedom – it includes profiles of Mary Stott OBE and Mary Quant OBE

The 1970s: Feminists or Free Spirits?

deals with second wave feminism and the sexual revolution – it profiles Baroness Barbara Castle and Erin Pizzey

The 1980s/1990s: Having it All?

considers the period dominated by images of Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana – it profiles Dame Anita Roddick OBE and Baroness Patricia Scotland QC

Key dates

includes some of the milestones of ‘the women’s century’

Further reading

lists books of interest arranged under author

Index