Hidden From History: 300 Years of Women's Oppression and the Fight Agai
In this classic study of women in Britain from the Puritan revolution of the mid-seventeenth century to the 1930s, Sheila Rowbotham shows how class and sex, work and the family, personal life and social pressures have shaped and hindered women's struggles for equality.She explores the different effects that changes in the process of production have on middle-class and working-class women; why birth control and the organisation of working women have been perceived as threatening to traditional male control of the family; how paid work and work in the home are intricately related and determine the social valuation of women - and why these and many other issues have continued to arise in different form throughout modern history.
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Work the family and the development of early capitalism
Puritans and prophetesses
The new radicalism of the eighteenth century
The agricultural and industrial revolution
New means of resisting
Birth control and early nineteenth century radicalism
Feminism in the radical and early socialist movement
Socialism the family and sexuality
The struggle for birth control at the end of the nineteenth century
Some responses to feminism in the socialist movement before 1914
Work trade unions and the unemployed after World War I
The family and sexual radicalism