Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education
In 1869, when five women enrolled at university for the first time in British history, the average female brain was thought to be 150 grams lighter than a man s. Doctors warned that if women studied too hard their wombs would wither and die. When the Cambridge Senate held a vote on whether women students should be allowed official membership of the university, there was a full-scale riot.
Despite the prejudice and the terrible sacrifices they faced, women from all backgrounds persevered and paved the way for the generations who have followed them since. By the 1920s, being an undergraduette was considered quite the fashionable thing; by the 1930s, women were emerging from universities as anything from aviation engineers to professional academics.
Using the words of the women themselves, Bluestockings tells their inspiring story a story of defiance and determination, of colourful eccentricity and at times heartbreaking loneliness, as well as of passionate friendships, midnight cocoa-parties and glorious self-discovery.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jcbrunner - LibraryThing
Cambridge University only started awarding degrees to women in 1948. For once, Oxford was more progressive. Women were allowed to graduate there already in 1920. This is the charming story of the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nocto - LibraryThing
I should read more history books - finding ones I like is the problem. This book is all about the experiences of the first women to attend English universities starting in the 1830s or so and running ... Read full review