Her brilliant career rachel cooke

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her brilliant career rachel cooke

Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties by Rachel Cooke

Women and the Fifties: you will be amazed. A gallery of vividly drawn portraits - witty, poignant, inspiriting - that opens up a new front in our understanding of the lost Fifties - David Kynaston, author of Modernity Britain

Rachel Cooke shines a new light in an elegantly original way into the 1950s and especially into the role of women therein. By cleverly focussing on the lives of several extraordinary woman, she manages to produce a social history which is highly absorbing and richly informative. A very enjoyable and distinctive book - Kate Atkinson
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An exuberant group biography—"a splendidly various collection of 'brief lives' written with both gusto and sensitivity" The Guardian —that follows ten women in s Britain whose pioneering lives paved the way for feminism and laid the foundation of modern women's success. In Her Brilliant Career, Rachel Cooke goes back in time to offer an entertaining and iconoclastic look at ten women in the s—pioneers whose professional careers and complicated private lives helped to create the opportunities available to today's women. These plucky and ambitious individuals—among them a film director, a cook, an architect, an editor, an archaeologist, a race car driver—left the house, discovered the bliss of work, and ushered in the era of the working woman. Daring and independent, these remarkable unsung heroines—whose obscurity makes their accomplishments all the more astonishing and relevant —loved passionately, challenged men's control, made their own mistakes, and took life on their own terms, breaking new ground and offering inspiration. Their individual portraits gradually form a landscape of s culture, and women's unique—and rapidly evolving—role. The pioneers of Her Brilliant Career forever changed the fabric of culture, society, and the work force.

T he s are often talked about as if they held nothing much for women but typing, cooking and looking after children, when in fact they were an era of enormous progress for career women — British women anyway. This excellent book should go far towards setting the record straight, making it clear that although, in America, the wartime poster girl Rosie the Riveter was shoved firmly back into the kitchen from which she needed liberating by Betty Friedan, in Europe the picture was very different. Not perhaps for all women, but at least for a whole generation reaping the benefit of more and longer education. When Elaine Dundy, actress and novelist, arrived from America in she wrote of a "place where young people, besieged for six years of war, could finally see that they had a future" — which came to fruition in the 50s. Rachel Cooke, mostly renowned for her penetrating interviews, here looks back at a time when women's lives were undergoing amazing changes and completely demolishes any notion that the 50s were a just a dull and domestic time for women.

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