Dr. Amanda Foreman travels from east to west, including Russia, Britain, France and the United States, as she asks whether any of the modern revolutions actually delivered on their promises to women. From the French Revolution of the 18th Century to the Arab Spring in the 21st century, Dr. Foreman argues that women have played an indispensable role, only to have their hopes betrayed as one patriarchal hierarchy is replaced by another. The remedy, she claims, is to create a different kind of revolution... [see more] that isn't about winners and losers but is about equal participants.
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.