An inspiring centenary history of the influential women whose entry into professional roles between the wars shaped the personal and working lives of women today.
Jane Robinson is also the author of Hearts and Minds- The Untold Story of the Great Piligrimage and How Women Won the Vote and Bluestockings- the Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education. She was born in Edinburgh and brought up in Yorkshire before going to Oxford University to study English Language and Literature at Somerville College. She has worked in the antiquarian book trade and as an archivist and is now a full-time writer and lecturer, specialising in social history through women's eyes. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, member of the Society of Authors, and founder member of Writers in Oxford. She is married with two sons and lives in Buckinghamshire. Ladies Can't Climb Ladders is her eleventh book.
Arrestingly written...a stirring testament to unsung heroines * The
A well researched and entertaining read...a wonderful celebration of female pioneers * The Sunday Times *
Robinson writes with an often witty touch, which only serves to throw into furious relief the seriousness of the resistance women faced . . . An excellent companion to Robinson's Bluestockings. * The Financial Times *
An entertaining guide, dipping into ladies' journals of the time to add levity to what indeed is a serious message. -- Mia Levitin * Spectator *
Jane Robinson's book is a lesson in how unthinkingly we wear freedom. Well known as a writer and social historian excavating ordinary women's lives, Robinson focuses this time on the emergence of lawyers, doctors, engineers, teachers, architects, scientists and churchwomen after the passing of the landmark law of 1919. Modern professional women will read it with a slow burn of anger and heightened respect for those whose actions, such a relatively brief time ago, made today possible . . . We ride on the shoulders of female giants - courageous, eccentric, clever pioneers. Robinson is a wryly amusing companion and this is an entertaining book, teeming with characters. * The Times *