Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights Helen Lewis
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Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights Helen Lewis (Paperback)
Whoever said feminists lack a sense of humour has not read enough Lewis... A funny, sparky, wide-ranging account... Her book isn’t at all a conventional history. It’s a collection of powerful personal essays on the gnarly issues that women continue to face... I read Difficult Women with gratitude. It’s an authoritative benchmark of modern feminism, written by someone on top of her game... Hooray for a great book by a clever, clear-sighted, straight-talking, difficult young woman. -- Melanie Reid, The Times
Difficult Women was a joy to read... I learned so many delicious facts about women whom I thought I knew. In fact, reading Difficult Women felt like sitting down with a friend and gossiping about other women in our circle... It has some howl-out-loud funny moments... Helen Lewis does more than just tell their stories – she allows them to be complicated, something that women are so rarely permitted to be. -- Jess Phillips, New Statesman
Difficult Women is smart, thoughtful and rich in detail... Lewis proves an excellent storyteller who seamlessly blends scholarly inquiry and journalistic investigation with autobiographical titbits and flashes of caustic wit (her footnotes are a hoot). -- Fiona Sturges, Guardian
Difficult Women is fully of vivid detail, jam-packed with research and fizzing its provocation. -- Christina Patterson, Sunday Times
Inspiriting and energetic…searching, and bracing...clever and compelling... This is a capacious book... I liked this roominess: it speaks of open-mindedness and warmth. But what I loved most of all is her clear respect for those who went before us. -- Rachel Cooke, Observer
Difficult Women is a well-researched, lively overview of the history of modern feminism... An important resource on the ongoing fight for equal rights. -- Mia Levitin, Spectator
This sensible, forthright personal history of the women who fought for the vote, for equal pay, for women to have control over their bodies, is a breath of fresh air in a feminist climate too often bogged down in petty spats over ideas of privilege and virtue signalling... Lewis’s trenchant, witty voice steers the reader to focus on the details that matter. -- Claire Allfree, Metro
This is the antidote to saccharine you-go-girl fluff. Effortlessly erudite and funny, Helen Lewis tackles the great unacknowledged truth of feminist history: no one ever changed the world by being nice. A landmark in modern feminist scholarship, it manages to be important, irreverent and a joy to read. -- Caroline Criado Perez
Brilliant, from one of the brightest journalists in Britain today. Compulsive, rigorous, unforgettable, hilarious and devastating. Everything but difficult, ironically enough. -- Hadley Freeman
All the history you need to understand why you're so furious, angry and still hopeful about being a woman now. A book that is part intellectual weapon in your handbag, part cocktail with a friend. -- Caitlin Moran
I'd not come across this book before "difficult women: A history of feminism in 11 fights" but I started it as soon as it arrived and it is brilliant. Well written and full to the stories we should always have been told about women who have changed history (and the not so pretty ways they went about it). The notecards are beautiful as are the Lady Hale pins. The plastic free packaging is also lovely and a joy to unwrap!
This is a really excellent book on the history of modern feminism, focusing on a number of women who made their mark despite, or because of, being 'difficult women'