Anne McGarry has delved deep into many archives, corresponded and met with people in many parts of the world to bring us this very human story of the girls of Fairfield High School in Droylsden, near Manchester.
Although the historical and social background of women is explored by discussing contemporary literature and political reform, it is mainly through the lives of girls who went to one of England’s oldest girls’ schools (now a comprehensive) that readers experience what it was really like to be a woman during this turbulent period of female emancipation.
Anne has used the school as a microcosm of women’s evolving role in society, and by taking the girls’ life stories she throws a wider light onto their changing status. Although she found many astounding examples of the derision that women were subjected to, it is a story of individual heroism and perseverance. Each generation has played its part, from the Georgian and Regency period, right through to the present day.
The book is a stimulating and wide-ranging story about women through four centuries. It looks at the struggles they faced to achieve an education and an independent life and the abuse they were subjected to along the way.
- Publishing Details:
- Troubador Publishing, 2013