The Women's History of the Modern World: How Radicals, Rebels, and Everywomen Revolutionized the Last 200 Years

The Women's History of the Modern World: How Radicals, Rebels, and Everywomen Revolutionized the Last 200 Years

The internationally bestselling author of Who Cooked the Last Supper? presents a wickedly witty and very current history of the extraordinary female rebels, reactionaries, and trailblazers who left their mark on history from the French Revolution up to the present day.

Now is the time for a new women’s history — for the famous, infamous, and unsung women to get their due — from the Enlightenment to the #MeToo movement.

Recording the important milestones in the birth of the modern feminist movement and the rise of women into greater social, economic, and political power, Miles takes us through through a colorful pageant of astonishing women, from heads of state like Empress Cixi, Eugenia Charles, Indira Gandhi, Jacinda Ardern, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to political rainmakers Kate Sheppard, Carrie Chapman Catt, Anna Stout, Dorothy Height, Shirley Chisholm, Winnie Mandela, STEM powerhouses Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Rosalind Franklin, Sophia Kovalevskaya, Marie Curie, and Ada Lovelace, revolutionaries Olympe de Gouges, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Patyegarang, and writer/intellectuals Mary Wollstonecraft, Simon de Beauvoir, Elaine Morgan, and Germaine Greer. Women in the arts, women in sports, women in business, women in religion, women in politics—this is a one-stop roundup of the tremendous progress women have made in the modern era.

A testimony to how women have persisted — and excelled — this is a smart and stylish popular history for all readers.

Title:The Women's History of the Modern World: How Radicals, Rebels, and Everywomen Revolutionized the Last 200 Years
ISBN:9780062444035
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  • Erin

    Giveaway Win!Trigger Warning: Female Genital Mutilation is described in what I consider necessary but extremely graphic detail. Rape, Domestic Violence, Suicide, Mental Health, and more that I'm sure ...

  • Audra (ouija.reads)

    Beyond disappointing, this is a dangerously omissive and racist book.I realize that no book is or can be a monolith. Even the best book claiming to be a “Women's History of the Modern World” would...

  • Jessica Haider

    It's Women's History Month!The Women's History of the Modern World is a concise history of important events in the history of women. It covers everything from the battle for voting rights and reproduc...

  • Rozanne Visagie (Willow's Corner)

    The renegades, viragos and heroines who changed the world - from the French Revolution to today.A special thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers for gifting me this copy in exchange for an honest revie...

  • Emma Verhoeven

    'Rebel Women' is a nice read and offers a clear overview of (Western) feminism. However, some gaps bothered me so much that I briefly thought about putting down the book. Yes, Margaret Sanger deserves...

  • Julie Huskey

    Miles's latest work is challenging to read and to review: although it is well-researched (a few of her claims, such as a nullified first marriage of JFK, are not widely accepted), the tone is informal...

  • Aimee Dars

    In her new history of “famous, infamous, and unsung women,” Rosalind Miles takes an (often deservedly) irreverent and sarcastic tone as she recounts the women throughout the past two hundred years...

  • Shahin Keusch

    This was a really interesting history book. A very enjoyable and educational read. Like Peter Frankopans the Silk Road that looked at history from an eastern perspective, this book looked at the histo...

  • Sasha

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in bei...

  • Steve

    Stories of women from the French Revolution to the #MeToo movement who were working for equality and women's rights throughout the world. The Authors writing style, snarky humor, and format of interco...