What are the items that symbolize the journey of women from second-class citizens with no legal rights, no vote and no official status to the powerful people they are today? And what are the objects that still oppress women? From the corset to the Pill, the typewriter to the first pair of women's trousers and the invention of IVF--there are objects through history that document the developing role of women in society. This story is told here by two leading historians with a lightness of touch that will appeal to all those interested in women's history.
Maggie Andrews is a professor of cultural history and the author of All the World and Her Husband. Janis Lomas is a university lecturer in women's history.