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Sawdust sisterhood : how circus empowered women

Author: Steve Ward
Publisher: [Stroud, England] : Fonthill, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Philip Astley first pegged out his circular 'ride' on the banks of the Thames in 1768 and so laid down the foundations of the modern circus. Performing feats of trick riding with his wife Patty Jones, little did he realize that before long women would become a dominant force in the circus. Sawdust Sisterhood explores how the circus empowered women and gave them the opportunity to compete and succeed as performers in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Ward
ISBN: 9781781555309 1781555303
OCLC Number: 947814359
Description: 176 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Long Road to Suffrage: A Review of the Growth of Women's Rights --
Circus: A Historical Overview Pre-Astley --
Circus: A Historical Overview Post-Astley --
These Dangerous Women: The Rise of the Female Performer --
The Cult of Celebrity: Madame Saqui --
Scandal on Horseback: La belle Menken --
Into the Lion's Den: Nellie Chapman and the Lion Queens --
Flexing Their Muscles: Sandwina and Other Strong Women --
Suspended Between Heaven and Earth: Charmion, Leitzel, and Other Aerial Performers --
Equestrian Feats and Agilities: Yasmine Smart and Other Notable Equestriennes --
Women's Voices: Performers Past and Present Share Their Views.
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Women have had a significant presence in the circus since Patty Jones first performed in 1768 with her husband Philip Astley on the banks of the Thames. Drawing upon historical news reports and  Read more...

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"Sensation is one of those qualities a successful circus must have, and almost from its very beginning that was provided by women, and ultimately that is what this book strives to produce as well, Read more...

 
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