A vivid, deeply researched intellectual history
Gibson has thoroughly filleted the archives and she tells a richly fascinating history . . . informative and entertaining
I loved this book . . . an impressive addition to the history of the development of the science
Brilliant, earnest, quietly unconventional, the Bluestockings are the unsung pioneers of early British feminism. Their networks empowered women, while their salons stressing conversation and civility opposed the misogynous boozy male culture of the 18th century. Blending story, history and delicious anecdote, Susannah Gibson's book opens a sparkling window onto this extraordinary society of engaged, energetic and very witty women
Rich and sophisticated . . . Gibson's balancing act, skilfully managed, is to highlight the extraordinary place these women carved out for themselves against the odds in 18th-century society, without glossing over aspects less congenial to 21st century readers . . . As Gibson writes, the legacy of the bluestockings was to lay the foundations for a whole new world-view. It was the basis of all that followed: for women's right to an education, to earn an income, to vote, to bodily autonomy. It is a call that echoes down the centuries, and attempts to silence it continue.
A lively account [of] a social and political movement that would, over the next two hundred and fifty years, transform the expectations and conditions of women around the world
A story of sisterhood, empowerment - and also rivalry and rage. Perhaps the greatest pleasure for the reader is to see the joy that the bluestockings take in reading, thinking and writing. There are men and there are constant pregnancies but the women are profoundly and lastingly engaged with the written word