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Hidden From History

In this classic study of women in Britain from the Puritan revolution of the mid-seventeenth century to the 1930s, Sheila Rowbotham shows how class and sex, work and the family, personal life and social pressures have shaped and hindered women's struggles for equality. She explores the different effects that changes in the process of production have on middle-class and working-class women; why birth control and the organisation of working women have been perceived as threatening to traditional male control of the family; how paid work and work in the home are intricately related and determine the social valuation of women - and why these and many other issues have continued to arise in different form throughout modern history.
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Acknowledgements Preface 1. Work, the family and the development of early capitalism 2. Puritans and prophetesses 3. The restoration 4. The new radicalism of the eighteenth century 5. The agricultural and industrial revolution 6. New means of resisting 7. Birth control and early nineteenth century radicalism 8. Feminism in the radical and early socialist movement 9. Middle-class women begin to organise 10. Feminism and rescue work 11. The position of working-class women in the nineteenth century 12. Women and trade unions 13. Socialism, the family and sexuality 14. The struggle for birth control at the end of the nineteenth century 15. The vote 16. Some responses to feminism in the socialist movement before 1914 17. The war 18. Anti-feminism 19. Work, trade unions and the unemployed after World War 1 20. The family and sexual radicalism 21. Motherhood and the family 22. Birth control, abortion and sexual self-determination 23. Feminism and socialism after World War 1 Postscript Bibliography Index

About the Author

Sheila Rowbotham's books have been translated into many languages and her early works are currently being reissued as classic texts of feminism. She is an Honorary Fellow in Social Science at Manchester University. Her recent work includes Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love (Verso 2008) winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Memoir/ Biography 2008 in the US and shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in the UK and Dreamers of a New Day (Verso 2010). She contributed 'Alice Wheeldon Revisited' to ed. Mary Davis, Class and Gender in British Labour History (Merlin, 2011).


'An important and valuable achievement.' -- New York Times 'I admire Sheila Rowbotham's directness. Women should be grateful for a book of this kind, which fills our inadequate record of the past' -- New Statesman 'Groundbreaking ... One of the first books to make women's history available to a wide audience.' -- Guardian

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