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The Women's History of the World (Paladin Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2012
This is a most enlightend read and should be the first place to start if you are looking at womens history, womens place in history, where feminist thinking came from and where it is going. It's easy to read, funny and irreverent and certainly dosen't push the case but rather just points out the facts. It answers so many question from Eve, to the 'immaculate conception', to the rise of feminism. Every women should read it, and every man for that matter. We might just end up with a more enlighted world! Go for it, you'll be glad you did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2012
In history men dominated the world, this book is about how women came to be part of the shaping of the world.Tales of individual women who have shaped history and celebratng the work and lives of millions more.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2000
This book tells just how false our perception of the role of women is in past centuries. How important they were many centuries ago and how men's physical impact led them to be perceived as 'lesser' mortals. It's just a wonderful, fascinating book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2013
I actually bought this book for a friend. I have had a coppy for at least 15 years and I think it is a book that ALL WOMEN SHOULD READ
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2009
I had no idea that women had achieved so many things that men had claimed credit for. An excellent read. Go Girls Go!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2013
Everyone in the UK should read this book. It's excellent, very informative and has a sound historical basis. It's also very engaging. An excellent read and an important book.

In response to Cicero:

Cicero is forgetting that this book was written in the late 1980s and so is likely to have a level of bias and in some aspects be scientifically out of date. That is hardly a surprise. And while the first chapter does feel a bit anti-male, I would ask readers to remember how little equality there was at the time it was written and hence how it is bound to feel different in today's society. With that in mind, you can then concentrate on the many historical facts in the book which are extraordinary and do change women's views of themselves. It is far easier to read than the more academic writing style of Germaine Greer and reminds women that they have had a major place in history which has been entirely forgotten in the UK education system. It is an important book for women and men to read and reminds everyone that there should be equality in history teaching as well as more generally in today's society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2013
Fantastic book, Well worth a read. For anyone who wants to know how women ended up as second class citizens !
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2000
The most empowering book i have ever come across.No need to burn your bra to prove a point, just relish in the undeniable glory of the Mother Goddess.
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on 13 December 2013
Male or female you need to read this and learn the truth. Written in a thoughtful way it reveals history with women. Now called who cooked tha lst supper, but this version cheaper
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2013
Have you ever wondered why so few women appear in history books? If you have this is the book for you. It starts with pre-history and shows how prior to monotheistic religions dominating the world, people worshipped goddesses and women played a large part in feeding the family. Hunting was done by the men but not in face to face combat with the woolly mammoth but in co-operative efforts with the rest of the tribe. Women were responsible for hunting small animals and for growing and gathering the rest of the food - essential when meat was in short supply. They would also have made clothes and utensils.

In many ancient civilisations women were powerful and held high office as well as fighting in the front lines of armies - either instead of or alongside their men-folk. In Egypt women were automatically awarded custody of their children in the event of a divorce. Breakdown of a marriage brought shame on men more than it did women. Elsewhere women could chose their own husbands - women did the wooing - or live on their own with or without children, own property and do all the things men did.

From the beginning of the Christian church women became second class citizens and ceased to be valued except as breeding machines. It has taken 2000 years to achieve some sort of equality in modern western society but even today women don't have the freedoms and opportunities that they enjoyed over 2000 years ago. This book is a real eye opener and is written in an easy approachable and humorous style. There is a comprehensive bibliography and notes to accompany every chapter. I recommend it to anyone who thinks the struggle for equality of opportunity is over.
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