Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, British History, 20th Century Britain
Paperback Published on: 29/04/2010
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The incredible story of the fight for female education in Britain

In 1869, when five women enrolled at university for the first time in British history, the average female brain was thought to be 150 grams lighter than a man's. When the Cambridge Senate held a vote on whether women students should be allowed official membership of the university, there was a full-scale riot. Despite the prejudice and the terrible sacrifices they faced, women from all backgrounds persevered and paved the way for the generations who have followed them since.

Bluestockings tells an inspiring story - of defiance and determination, of colourful eccentricity and at times heartbreaking loneliness, as well as of passionate friendships, midnight cocoa-parties and glorious self-discovery.

'Social history of the best kind' Sunday Times

'Modern girls need reminding of the long battle, and Jane Robinson's fine book does just that, charting the lives and struggles of campaigners' Mail on Sunday

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141029719
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 236g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

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Every teenage girl should have one
At a time when would-be university students are facing financial obstacles and severe competition for places, it is inspiring to read about the women who o... READ MORE
Fascinating and inspiring
Having taken my right to a university for granted (and perhaps wasted some of the opportunity) it was fascinating to read about the trailblazers and the wo... READ MORE
It was fascinating to read about the individuals responsible for allowing women to both participate in and have their achievements in higher education reco... READ MORE
A book for every young woman
What could easily have been a thesis on the education of women in England in the late 19th to early 20th century was given a wonderful narrative that docum... READ MORE
Karishma Patel