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Magnificent Women and their Revolutionary Machines
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have won their political independence. Now is the time for them to achieve

their economic freedom too.'

This was the great rallying cry of the

pioneers who, in 1919, created the Women's Engineering Society. Spearheaded by

Katharine and Rachel Parsons, a powerful mother and daughter duo, and Caroline

Haslett, whose mission was to liberate women from domestic drudgery, it was the

world's first professional organisation dedicated to the campaign for women's rights.


Women and their Revolutionary Machines tells the

stories of the women at the heart of this group - from their success in fanning

the flames of a social revolution to their significant achievements in

engineering and technology. It centres on the parallel but contrasting lives of

the two main protagonists, Rachel Parsons and Caroline Haslett - one born to

privilege and riches whose life ended in dramatic tragedy; the other who rose

from humble roots to become the leading professional woman of her age and

mistress of the thrilling new power of the twentieth century: electricity.

In this fascinating book, acclaimed

biographer Henrietta Heald also illuminates the era in which the society was

founded. From the moment when women in Britain were allowed to vote for the

first time, and to stand for Parliament, she charts the changing attitudes to

women's rights both in society and in the workplace.

Henrietta Heald is the author of William Armstrong, Magician of the North which was shortlisted for the H. W. Fisher Best First Biography Prize and the Portico Prize for non-fiction. She was chief editor of Chronicle of Britain and Ireland and Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Britain's Coast. Her other books include Coastal Living, La Vie est Belle, and a National Trust guide to Cragside, Northumberland.

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