Dreamers of a New Day : Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century, Paperback

Dreamers of a New Day : Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century Paperback

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From the 1880s to the 1920s, a profound social awakening among women extended the possibilities of change far beyond the struggle for the vote.

Amid the growth of globalized trade, mass production, immigration and urban slums, American and British women broke with custom and prejudice.

Taking off corsets, forming free unions, living communally, buying ethically, joining trade unions, doing social work in settlements, these dreamers of a new dayA" challenged ideas about sexuality,mothering, housework, the economy and citizenship.

Drawing on a wealth of research, Sheila Rowbotham has written a groundbreaking new history that shows how women created much of the fabric of modern life.

These innovative dreamers raised questions that remain at the forefront of our twenty-first-century lives.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, 38 black and white illustrations
  • Publisher: Verso Books
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  • Category: 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
  • ISBN: 9781844677030



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Long before the widespread feminist movements of the 1960s and 70s, Sheila Rowbotham explores the women of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century who were transforming women's lives and social possibilities in the areas of work, motherhood, marriage, domestic labour, personal and sexual relationships, housing, food and fashion. Well documented with many primary sources, this is an important resource to make sure the contributions women made to shaping the modern world and opening up new possibilites are not forgotten.

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