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From education to the domestic sphere; the witty feminist cartoons exposing history's sexism

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Where are all the women artists? Or the scientists, composers and historians?

We’ve all been taught a pretty sexist syllabus at school, only realising with age, that – wait a minute- despite what we were being told, there were women doing quite fantastic things all throughout history.

Feminist satirical cartoonist, Jacky Fleming, perfectly encapsulates this sexism in her hilarious book, The Trouble with Women.

Taking inspiration from history’s excluding approach to female achievements, Fleming’s witty cartoons are scribbled in a newspaper-style etch that recalls old-fashioned school books.

Speaking to Stylist about how she happened on the idea of the book, Fleming says:

“The history we've learned has been misleading us for a long time. The book is a spoof of the history we learn with three women in it. Hopefully that's changing now, but we can't assume it will - we have to make sure it does.”

The satirist says that she was shocked to discover the men we are taught to be so proud of “had some extraordinary views on what women were capable of – or more usually not capable of.”

“The one which surprised me the most was written by Darwin,” says Fleming. “Who said men were better at everything, without exception. His proof was that if you made a list of eminent men - off the top of your head - and a list of eminent women, the list of men was longer."

Fleming’s hilarious and cutting cartoons expose how we need to scrap both lists, and start again.

Why we don't learn about women in history...

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Small heads, small achievements...

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How hysteria keept women indoors...


Darwinian sexism...


The elusive domestic sphere...


Getting an easy ride...


The Trouble With Women by Jacky Fleming (£9.99, Square Peg) is available on Amazon


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