Reviews

  • "[Jane Robinson] has come up trumps again with this engrossing, often startling, and arrestingly-titled history of the pioneering women of the early 20th century who were among the first female doctors, lawyers, academics, architects and engineers."

    The Bookseller
  • "A superb and energizing history of the professional women who paved the way for gender equality in law, medicine engineering and many other fields. These women were often derided, ostracised and opposed. They encountered newly made laws to keep them out of male-dominated professions and they overcame these barriers with extraordinary strength. They fought their wars in order to give us the freedom to make our own career choices. Deeply moving at times, this book deserves to be read by young and old to celebrate the achievements of an unforgettable group of women."

    Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones President, Medical Women’s Federation, UK
  • "A book of huge interest both to me and to anyone, man or woman, who wishes to understand how far we have come in gender equality – and presented in the most fascinating and appealing way"

    Professor Carrie MacEwen, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • "An engaging read bringing many brilliant and trailblazing women in the professions out of the shadow of anonymity to help inspire future generations."

    Dana Denis-Smith, Founder of First 100 Years
  • "Inspiring to read about the courage, pragmatism and determination in these women forging careers and livelihoods in traditional professions. These stories of women from all backgrounds and social levels show the power of persistence and fortitude."

    Professor Alice Gast, President, Imperial College London