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The Women Who Dared: To Break All the Rules…

The Women Who Dared: To Break All the Rules

by Jeremy Scott

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I mostly enjoyed Jeremy Scott's book "The Women Who Dared: To break all the rules" (which actually means they had forward-thinking ideas for their time about sex mainly.) Scott profiles six women who did not conform to the ideas of their times.

The strongest profile was the first on Victoria Woodhull -- the first woman who ran for president in the United States. She was also a bit of a shyster, as well as a newspaper publisher and (along with her sister) was the first female stock broker. I'd absolutely love to read a more extensive biography of her, just based on Scott's presentation here.

Not all of the other profiles were as strong... I feel like I read more about Edwina Mountbatten's husband than the woman herself, though the information that was actually her was certainly interesting.

Overall, this was a pretty fun look at some strong women. ( )
  amerynth | Jan 16, 2019 |
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I was unfamiliar with the lives of the six women featured in this book and was quite surprised by the extremes in which they lived and (sometimes) thrived. Divorce, death, drugs, alcohol, illness, adultery, poverty and theft were a part of many of the women’s existence. I found it interesting to get a glimpse of the historical and social details at the time these women lived, but I found much of the content to be overwhelming and depressing. This book was probably not a good fit for me. Were we supposed to admire these women? I couldn’t help but feel sorry for them.
  themagiciansgirl | Jan 15, 2019 |
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