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Uncontrollable Women: Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries, with Nan Sloane [online event]

Wednesday January 26 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Author Nan Sloane charts the history of forgotten women revolutionaries between the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 and 1832.

We’re pleased to welcome author Nan Sloane to virtual Housmans for the book launch of Uncontrollable Women: Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries.

Uncontrollable Women is a history of radical, reformist and revolutionary women between the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 and the passing of the Great Reform Act in 1832. Very few of them are well-known today; some were unknown even in their own day. All of them contributed something to the world we now inhabit.

At a time when women were supposed to leave politics to men they spoke, wrote, marched, organised, asked questions, challenged power structures, sometimes went to prison and even died. History has not usually been kind to them, and they have frequently been pushed into asides or footnotes, dismissed as secondary, or spoken over, for, or through by men and sometimes other women. These are their stories.


Nan Sloane is an author, speaker and trainer with an interest in the role of women in the public space, particularly in politics and the Labour Party. Her previous books include The Women In the Room: Labour’s Forgotten History (2018), In Our Own Words: A Dictionary of Women’s Political Quotations (2016), and A Great Act of Justice: The Flapper Election and After (2009).


An invitation link to this online event will be emailed to you on the day of the event. Confirmation emails and invitation links sometimes end up in spam folders, so please check there before emailing the shop. Thank you.


If you’d like a copy of the book Uncontrollable Women then choose the book plus entry ticket. If you’d like to support Housmans then please choose a solidarity ticket. There’s also a free access ticket for students, low income and unwaged comrades.

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