All About History

A LAB OF ONE’S OWN

Author Patricia Fara Publisher Oxford University Press Price £10.99 Released Out now

War, women’s rights, and modern science meet in this fresh and feminist work by Cambridge scholar – a play on the novelist Virginia Woolf’s 1929 celebrated essay – weaves an absorbing narrative of British women’s important contributions during World War I, but moves it beyond the nurses and munitionettes who dominate popular understandings of women’s roles in the country’s war effort. Instead, female scientists, doctors and engineers are the main focus of the book, which illustrates both the obstacles these inspiring women faced and the comparative neglect of their achievements in their time and ours.

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