Difficult Women

Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights (The Sunday Times Bestseller)

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, British History, Social Sciences
Hardback Published on: 27/02/2020
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Difficult Women
A worthy read
Difficult Women looks at the history of Feminism, in particular it's history in the UK, although she does cite examples from around the world. The chapters... READ MORE
Jo Morpeth
Difficult Women
Necessary feminist reading!
Lewis' book explores what it means to be a difficult woman, how to become one, and why they are so important. Giving a comprehensive history of British fem... READ MORE
Annabel Wearring-Smith


Well-behaved women don't make history: difficult women do. Helen Lewis argues that feminism's success is down to complicated, contradictory, imperfect women, who fought each other as well as fighting for equal rights. Too many of these pioneers have been whitewashed or forgotten in our modern search for feel-good, inspirational heroines. It's time to reclaim the history of feminism as a history of difficult women. In this book, you'll meet the working-class suffragettes who advocated bombings and arson; the princess who discovered why so many women were having bad sex; the pioneer of the refuge movement who became a men's rights activist; the 'striker in a sari' who terrified Margaret Thatcher; the wronged Victorian wife who definitely wasn't sleeping with the prime minister; and the lesbian politician who outraged the country. Taking the story up to the present with the twenty-first-century campaign for abortion services, Helen Lewis reveals the unvarnished - and unfinished - history of women's rights. Drawing on archival research and interviews, Difficult Women is a funny, fearless and sometimes shocking narrative history, which shows why the feminist movement has succeeded - and what it should do next. The battle is difficult, and we must be difficult too.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781787331280
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 625g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm

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Difficult Women
Much needed and inspiring
A wonderful insight on great female figures in history and I say great because it covers so many largely unknown and uncovered (in books) women. It’s so in... READ MORE
Tara Keating
Difficult Women
A must-read book about feminism
If you are just to read one book this year, this should be it. Helen Lewis introduces us to some of the women that have made huge contributions to feminism... READ MORE
Sara Brudkiewicz
Difficult Women
Enjoyable, educational, inspirational!
I really enjoyed this book. Despite the seriousness of the subject matter, it’s a very easy read. The author tells us about 11 women who fought across a r... READ MORE
Michelle Z