For anyone interested in music and/or feminism, this is a must-read. Covering the lives and composition of eight forgotten composers, the author draws clear and compelling portraits of the women and the societies in which they lived.
All eight women have in common the fact that they had to work harder than men, keep their music in the bounds of what was acceptable to society and juggle family obligations. It is both sad and infuriating that even in our "enlightened" days, Clara Schumann is known as someone's wife, and none of the other composers are much remembered at all.
We have a long way to go, baby.