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Uncontrollable Women

Uncontrollable Women is a history of radical, reformist and revolutionary women between the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 and the passing of the Great Reform Act in 1832. Very few of them are well-known today; some were unknown even in their own day. All of them contributed something to the world we now inhabit.


At a time when women were supposed to leave politics to men they spoke, wrote, marched, organised, asked questions, challenged power structures, sometimes went to prison and even died. History has not usually been kind to them, and they have frequently been pushed into asides or footnotes, dismissed as secondary, or spoken over, for, or through by men and sometimes other women. In this book, they take centre stage in both their own stories and those of others, and in doing so bring different voices to the more familiar accounts of the period. These women and many others played a part in developing political ideas and freedoms as we know them today, and some fought battles which still remain to be won or raised questions that are still unresolved. These are their stories.

Uncontrollable Women

  • Nan Sloane

    Using inspirational, individual stories of female political pioneers from the 1800's, Nan Sloane explores the period in which women began to enter the public space to seek change
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  • Book Details

    Imprint: I.B. Tauris
    Publication Date: 27-01-2022
    Format: Hardback | 216 x 138mm | 304 pages
  • About the Author

    Nan Sloane is an author, speaker and trainer with an interest in the role of women in the public space, particularly in politics and the Labour Party. Her previous books include The Women In the Room: Labour’s Forgotten History (2018), In Our Own Words: A Dictionary of Women's Political Quotations (2016), and A Great Act of Justice: The Flapper Election and After (2009).

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  • Reviews

    "Compelling." The Guardian

    "An insightful and inspiring history." BBC History Magazine

    "A tantalising revelatory book." The House

    "Brisk and illuminating." Times Literary Supplement

    "A damn good read." Morning Star

    "Wonderful." The Chartist

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