Amid the growth of globalised trade, mass production, immigration and urban slums that dominated the period from the 1880s to the onset of the First World War, an awakening was taking place among American and British women. Across the Atlantic and across political boundaries, anarchists, liberals, socialists, feminists and social reformers came to share a sense that change was possible.
Dreamers of a New Day reveals how women overturned norms and assumptions about sex and gender as they struggled to define themselves as individuals. In the process many went on to form broad coalitions and movements which challenged existing ideas of citizenship and culture, arguing for ethical approaches to consumption and work, new ways of being mothers. From the belle époque to the roaring twenties female pioneers were shaping the daily life of the new century well before ‘the everyday’ was conceptualised by the intellectuals of the 1960s.
Drawing on a wealth of extensive research, Sheila Rowbotham has written a ground breaking history of how women came to be modern. The dreamers’ dilemmas and aspirations remain startlingly relevant today.
- Thursday 6 May, 7pm
London Review of Books Bookshop
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- Friday 21st May, 6-7.30pm
Bristol Festival of Ideas: ‘Feminism Now’ with Kat Banyard at Watershed Media Centre, Bristol
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The Bishopsgate Institute
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