Just a quick recommendation for a fantastic documentary series on BBC2, hosted by Dr Amanda Foreman! You can find it on BBC iPlayer; there are three episodes currently up there (but only for the next month). Check it out here: (x). In it, Dr Foreman investigates and examines the role of women throughout history. Our story has not been a simple progression from bad to good, from dark to light. As empires have risen, fallen and expanded, the status of women has fluctuated. Beginning with the earliest civilisations and progressing to the power struggle of the Middle Ages, she asks us to consider how far we have come – and how far we still need to go.
(I particularly enjoyed the section on Empress Wu in the second episode (“Separation”). I think you’ll like her too.)