A Century of Female Revolution written by Glynis Cooper and published by Pen & Sword Books – £14.99 – Softcover – Pages 158.
1818-1919 was one of the most remarkable century in the history of womankind. In 1819 women had no rights, no status, no options, no votes. Females were denied higher and further education. Job opportunities were menial and few. Legally women were not even considered to be ‘persons’. Starting from the Peterloo Massacre in August 1819, a day of bloody carnage during which women were singled out, hunted down and killed or injured to teach them a lesson. It teach them a lesson but not the one their attackers intended. It gained them status and sympathy, it encouraged more women and the public to go for more, it encouraged everyone to want and demand more from the authorities. In the end it helped to advance the cause of women and strive for their equality and to be recognised.
This was a thoroughly good book to read, and one I have really enjoyed. As someone who is keen on women’s history and the 19th century, it has enjoyable and informative book. I love reading all about the strides made by women from the stuck at home wife to a point where they could seek education, own property and the start of being able to get away from troublesome husbands. I knew about various parts of the book such as the Peterloo Massacre, and the Chartist Movement and of course everyone should know about the Suffragette Movement. This book was well written and equally paced if that makes sense considering the size of the book. I think I might have read about this book and its content in a history magazine not long ago. This book is ideal for any reader but especially for any university students that plan to look at the history of women. It wouldn’t surprise me to see this book on a few university courses’ book lists.