Steinbach is an American academic, but the book is refreshingly free of the compound nouns and tortured syntax that usually characterise that calling... Steinbach maintains a clear chronological approach within each theme, and writes plain prose, not feminist polemic. The result is admirable and exemplary.
[an] engaging book ... Steinbach shows the tension between the political, legal and cultural restrictions against women and the impressive range of activities in which they nevertheless engaged.
The book is well researched and lavishly illustrated... it offers a fresh and lively interpretation of women's lives between the reign of George III and the First World War.
An intriguing and scholarly study.
The research is impeccable.
Steinbach's lively survey brings together the results of researches to offer a revealing portrait of women's lives in every class and all areas of life
A grand sweep of a book, a well-researched, freshly written and unexpectedly entertaining look at "the lost 19th century" from women's points of view
A readable and fresh account of women's lives between the reign of George III and the First World War. This book offers a skillful synthesis of a range of published material relating to working women of all social classes