Normal Women

2. Normal Women...are angels

Nov. 2, 2023

Just how should women behave? Throughout History, they have so often been expected to act as genteel ladies and confined to the home - often described as the 'angel in the house'. But far from remaining passive, many used their influence to put themselves at the heart of radical social change. In this episode we hear about the anti slavery campaigners - and Philippa introduces us to the hundreds of women who absolutely, under no circumstances wanted the vote.

Joining Philippa to discuss the push and pull of homely responsibilities throughout history are:

  • Geri Halliwell-Horner former Spice Girl and children’s author and 
  • Kate Mosse, best-selling novelist and the founder of the Women In History campaign

Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History is Philippa Gregory's radical retelling of our nation’s story – not of the rise and fall of kings and the occasional queen, but a history of the millions of women missing from the record: wives and workers, viragoes and angels, female husbands, priests and pirates.

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