Women’s Writes Presents Helen Lewis

Monday 13th April, 7:30pm GMT. Register HERE!

This book club will not be quite like other book clubs… Amazing author Helen Lewis will be Zoom-ing in to join us for the first 30 minutes or so to answer your questions on the book and tell us all a bit more about how she came to write it. This will then be followed by the usual book club. So grab your wine, and your note books and get reading. Luckily we have a whole bank holiday in lockdown to give us time…

‘All the history you need to understand why you’re so furious, angry and still hopeful about being a woman now’ Caitlin Moran

Well-behaved women don’t make history: difficult women do.

Feminism’s success is down to complicated, contradictory, imperfect women, who fought each other as well as fighting for equal rights. Helen Lewis argues that too many of these pioneers have been whitewashed or forgotten in our modern search for feel-good, inspirational heroines. It’s time to reclaim the history of feminism as a history of difficult women.

In this book, you’ll meet the working-class suffragettes who advocated bombings and arson; the princess who discovered why so many women were having bad sex; the ‘striker in a sari’ who terrified Margaret Thatcher; and the lesbian politician who outraged the country. Taking the story up to the present with the twenty-first-century campaign for abortion services, Helen Lewis reveals the unvarnished – and unfinished – history of women’s rights.

Drawing on archival research and interviews, Difficult Women is a funny, fearless and sometimes shocking narrative history, which shows why the feminist movement has succeeded – and what it should do next. The battle is difficult, and we must be difficult too.

We cannot wait for her to join us here at Women’s Writes and invite you to join the event on Zoom. Register HERE!

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