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Review: Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism

Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism
Kira Cochrane (Guardian Books)
2010

Women of the Revolution, Forty Years of Feminism is a good read for anyone with an interest in social justice and gender equality. The book, edited by the Guardian’s former women’s editor Kira Cochrane, is an anthology of articles from the UK newspaper, The Guardian, examining four decades of the women’s movement both in the UK and internationally.

It contains a pick-and-mix bag of opinion pieces, interviews and humorous journalism from a star-studded list of contributors: Germaine Greer, Beth Ditto, Ariel Levy, Susie Orbach and Jessica Valenti to name but a few.

I enjoyed choosing an article at random and being transported to a new era and a different perspective. But a more conventional reading of the book will take you on a fascinating
journey through the struggle for equality over the last four decades.

It’s the 1970s and you’re reading about female migrant factory workers from India struggling for representation by the British trade unions; move onto the1980s and you’re learning about Maggie Thatcher; the 1990s offer the spice-world approach to feminism; and the 2000s ask just how far, exactly, have we come?

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