Dr. Amanda Foreman travels to several countries including Turkey, Siberia, and Greece, as she explores the history of women from the earliest urban settlements to the sprawling empires of the classical world. Tackling many of the subjects ignored by traditional history, Dr. Foreman investigates the origins of patriarchy, the silencing of women, the rise of the veil, the truth behind the Amazons, and the possibility of female agency in the ancient world.
Originally created for BBC2 in the UK, this groundbreaking four-part documentary charts the role of women in society over the course of 10,000 years. Written and presented by Dr. Amanda Foreman, it is the first-ever documentary to present the history of women from the dawn of civilization to the modern day. THE ASCENT OF WOMAN argues that the history of women isn't a straight line from Eve's apple to Margaret Sanger's Pill. Instead, over the past ten thousand years it has veered wildly between extremes of freedom and oppression, inclusion and exclusion. The reason is that the status of women is a barometer of a society's tolerance, fairness and openness. A poor record on women's rights goes hand-in-hand with low economic output and high levels of violence. Amanda argues that for the next economic cycle to be the age of full participation, there has to be a woman-led revolution that unleashes the potential of all individuals. At stake are the goals of autonomy, authority and agency for all women.