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Ladies Can't Climb Ladders by Jane Robinson

Ladies Can't Climb Ladders: The Pioneering Adventures of the First Professional Women

Jane Robinson

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Imprint: Doubleday
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 23 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9780857525871

____________ It is a myth that the First World War liberated women. The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919 was one of the most significant pieces of legislation in modern Britain.

4 stars out of 5
12 Jan 2020

"A well-researched and entertaining read"

Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders is a wonderful celebration of female pioneers, though, and makes you astoundingly grateful to be a beneficiary of battles fought and won. The question the book also raises, though, is whether this war is entirely over. We still make gendered assumptions about the professions.

By way of illustration, Robinson quotes a well-known riddle. A father and his son are in a car accident. The father dies at the scene and the son is taken to the hospital. There the surgeon looks at the boy and says: “I can’t operate, he is my son.”