SHEILA ROWBOTHAM

Sheila Rowbotham is known internationally as an historian of feminism and radical social movements. She is the author of the groundbreaking books Women, Resistance and Revolution; Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World; and Hidden from History. Her later works include Promise of a Dream: Remembering the Sixties; Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century; and the biography Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love, shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Biography. Her poetry and two plays have been published and she has written for newspapers and journals in Britain, the US, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, Sweden and Sri Lanka. She is an Honorary Fellow of Manchester University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Discovering the Role of Russian Women in the Revolution:
Writing My First Book in the Late 1960s and early 1970s

Towards the end of the tumult of 1968, huddled in front of a gas fire in Hackney I had scribbled an article for the left paper ‘Black Dwarf’ called‘WOMEN: A CALL TO REVOLT’.  Women’s Liberation groups were forming in Britain by the following year when I began writing ‘Women Resistance and Revolution’.  I will try to explain how difficult it was to focus on women’s specific position and how I wrote the chapter on Russian women.

Sheila will be involved in the following FiLiA session:
Revolutionary Women            (Saturday Morning)