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The Ascent of Woman: A History of the Suffragette Movement and the Ideas Behind It

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The story of the fight to gain the vote for women is about much more than a picturesque skirmish around the introduction of universal suffrage. It is an explosive story of social and sexual revolutionary upheaval, and one which has not yet ended. The movement for women's suffrage in the late19th and early20th centuries prefigured to a startling extent the controversies whi ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published 2003)
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Jul 05, 2013 Rowena rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rowena by: Kirsty
Shelves: feminism, history
I learned a lot from this book. The struggles that the female suffragettes went through were formidable, and it’s quite reminiscent of the current global climate where women are still fighting for their rights. Truly, I wonder why so many people are complacent about voting when it wasn’t so long ago that women and blacks weren’t even allowed to vote.

With that being said, I was quite surprised by the number of women who displayed misogynistic tendencies themselves. I was also appalled by the ant
Elizabeth Moffat
The reason I enjoy reading non-fiction primarily is to learn about new things or periods in our history that interest me. So when this book was picked by one of the GoodReads groups that I participate with, I was excited to get to it. Obviously I am aware of the Suffragette movement and their fight for women’s rights to give us the vote that we all take for granted nowadays in Western countries, but I hoped I would learn a little more about the famous names like Millicent Fawcett and Emmeline Pa ...more
It's rare that I read a book that actually makes me angry. Like, exclaim-out-loud angry.

It's very rare that this happens with a history book.

This book had that impact on me.

The book bills itself as "A history of the suffragette movement and the ideas behind it," which sounded perfect for me - I was convinced there was a rich 19th century tradition of ideas and activity in Britain for the women's suffrage movement to spring out of so, naturally, I was dead keen to read about it. And, truly, the f
One point for puntastic title.
One point for tone of entire first chapter essentially cut and pasted from Mary Wollstonecraft.
Half a point for lucid, well-ordered narration of suffrage movement.
Half a point for making me so angry I wanted to throw it out of the window (any book that actually has opinions this rousing deserves half a point).

I appear to have given three stars to a book I totally despised the tone of. ho hum.
A comprehensive and impartial (not something I would've expected from the darling of Daily Mail Fail) historical account of British suffrage movement. Can't say much about it's readability as it often reads like a dry history textbook, but solid information + analysis is there for someone interested in the period.
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Bright Young Things: March 2012- The Ascent of Woman by Melanie Phillips 10 17 Mar 17, 2012 01:56PM  
Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain's educational and moral crisis, which provoked the fury of educationists and the delight and relief o ...more
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