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Bloody Brilliant Women – Cathy Newman

This is a smart well written book that really highlights and draws attention to the massive impact women have had in history with regard to inventions, politics and society that has been swept aside.
It’s almost hard to believe what women pioneers in their field had to go through. A favourite section is in the 1918-39 chapter talks of the first female police officers and how they were not only protected from the criminals, but also the public they were protecting as their presence was an ‘outrageous provocation’. In the end Newman notes, ‘the women were made to patrol in pairs with two ‘experienced’ male policemen following them at a distance of six to ten yards. If they wanted to make an arrest, the women had to enlist the help of their male shadows’

This proper historical investigation might get lost in the embarrassment of riches we have today of books profiling amazing women. This would be a shame, because this is good. Very good.