Words by the Water

Susannah Gibson: Bluestockings

Wed 5 June | 12pm

The First Women’s Movement

In 18th century Britain, women had no power and no rights – all money and property belonged to their fathers or husbands. Susannah Gibson charts the struggles and achievements of a group of trailblazing women who risked their reputations to become public intellectuals. Burdened with ailing children and unsympathetic husbands, enduring the sneers of contemporaries, they read, wrote and published their work. Bluestockings laid the essential foundations for future feminists to build upon.

Book: Bluestockings (John Murray)