The Stalled Revolution: Is Equality for Women an Impossible Dream?

ISBN: 978-1-78714-602-0, eISBN: 978-1-78714-601-3

Publication date: 7 December 2017


Tutchell, E. and Edmonds, J. (2017), "Prelims", The Stalled Revolution: Is Equality for Women an Impossible Dream?, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. i-vi.



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The Stalled Revolution

Is equality for women an impossible dream?


Eva Tutchell

John Edmonds

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Acknowledgements v
1. The two great anniversaries 1
2. Days of hope 17
3. Winning votes for women 27
4. The Women’s Liberation Movement 71
5. How the revolutions stalled 107
6. Lessons from our history 139
7. Twenty-first century sexism and inequality 179
8. Threats and trepidation 213
9. New writing on the banner 237
10. Living the impossible dream 267
Notes 295
Bibliography 313
Notes on Authors 321
Index 323


When Sheila Rowbotham first decided that there should be a women’s liberation conference in 1970, her intention was ‘to put women back into history’.

At this time of anniversaries, The Stalled Revolution is a tribute to the women who made Britain a better place. We record their struggles and we celebrate their victories.

In the course of writing our book, we interviewed many people and talked informally with several others. All were helpful, informative and encouraging. We are extremely grateful for their support.

In particular we wish to thank:

Marie Bailey, Pauline Barrie, Kim Beat, Karen Butler, Bea Campbell, David Charles, Miriam David, Jo Delaney, Carole Easton, Richard Ennals, Jane Everton, Heather Fallows, Christopher Forster, Sophie Gilpin, Philip Hedley, Jack Hodgkinson, Ashleigh James, Annabel Jones, Susanna Jones, Glenys Kinnock, Katie Learmonth, Deborah Mattinson, Paul Miller, Charlotte Proudman Ricky Romain, Elizabeth Roberts, Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal, Sam Smethers, Hazel Taylor, Ann Traynor, Suzy Tutchell, Sarah Veale, and David and Jane Whitworth.

Colleagues and friends also kindly read and commented on sections of the book and we thank them for giving their time so willingly: Marianne Coleman, Jayne Grant, Beatriz Lees, Margaret Littlewood, Jane Miller and Liz Nichols.

In the following pages we record many extraordinary women. We dedicate our book to them and to the thousands more whose names may be forgotten by history but whose achievements illuminate our lives.