Melanie Phillips

The Ascent of Woman: A History of the Suffragette Movement and the Ideas Behind it

By Melanie Phillips
320 pages, (March 2003)
Little, Brown , ISBN: 0316725331

The story of the fight to gain the vote for women is about much more than a skirmish around the introduction of universal suffrage. It is a story of social and sexual revolutionary upheaval, and one which has not yet ended. The movement for women's suffrage in the late-19th and early 20th centuries prefigured to a startling extent the controversies which rage today around the role of women. Far from the stereotype of a uniform body of women chaining themselves to railings, the early feminist movement was riven by virulent arguments over women's role in society, the balance to be struck between self-fulfilment and their duties to family and children, and their relationship with men. Melanie Phillips' book tells the story of the fight for women's suffrage in a way which sets the high drama of those events in the context of the moral and intellectual ferment that characterised it.

About Melanie

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain's educational and moral crisis, which provoked the fury of educationists and the delight and relief of parents.

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Books

  • The World Turned Upside Down
  • Londonistan
  • The Ascent of Woman
  • America's Social Revolution

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Melanie Phillips
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