A bit of a pot-boiler. The chapter on the era of Greece and Rome is frankly absurd, and that for the Middle Ages contains much that is interesting but little that is relevant. Then we must have the story of Clara Schumann and so forth. It only really comes into its own with a lengthy survey of female composers in the later 19th century, which is superficial but throws up lots of names you have never heard of, and some of which you may be able to track down on CD or mp3. This earns it its three stars. Without that there would have been one.