Jane Robinson - Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders: The Adventures of Women Pioneers in the Traditional Professions
Wednesday 13th May, 8pm
Reading Room, High Street HP8 4JH
The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919 was one of the most significant pieces of legislation in modern Britain. It should have marked a social revolution, opening the doors of the traditional professions to women who had worked so hard during the War and welcoming them inside as equals. But what really happened? Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders focuses on the lives of pioneering women forging careers in the fields of medicine, law, academia, architecture, engineering and the church. In her startling study into the public and private worlds of these unsung heroines, Jane sheds light on their desires and ambitions and how family and society responded to this emerging class of highly-spirited working women.
Jane is also the author of ‘Bluestockings: the Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education’, currently in development as a TV drama series. 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, lecturer and occasional broadcaster, specialising in social history through women’s eyes. ‘Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders’ is her eleventh book.