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Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders : The Pioneering Adventures of the First Professional Women

Robinson, Jane
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd (Black Swan)
Published: March 25, 2021
ISBN: 9781784163990
368 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£10.99

It is a myth that either of the World Wars liberated women. The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919 was one of the most significant pieces of legislation in modern Britain. It marked at once political watershed and a social revolution; the point at which women of 21 and over were recognised in law as being as competent as men.

But were they? What actually happened when this bill was passed? This is the story of what happened next. Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders focuses on the lives of six women – six pioneers – forging paths in the fields of medicine, law, academia, architecture, engineering and the church. Robinson’s startling study into the public and private lives of these women sheds light not on the desires and ambitions of her subjects but how family and society responded to the working woman and what their legacy looks like today.

This book is written in their honour. It is a book about live subjects: equal opportunity, the gender pay gap, and whether women can expect, or indeed deserve, to have it at all.

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