Acclaimed journalist Rachel Cooke goes back in time to offer an entertaining and iconoclastic look at ten women in the 1950s pioneers whose professional careers and complicated private lives helped to create the opportunities available to today's women. These intrepid and ambitious individuals among them a film director, a cook, an architect, an editor, an archaeologist, and a race car driver left the house, discovered the bliss of a career, and ushered in the era of the working woman. Daring and independent, they loved passionately, challenged men's control, made their own mistakes, and took life on their own terms, breaking new ground and offering inspiration.
Before there could be a Danica Patrick, there had to be a Sheila van Damm; before there was Barbara Walters, there was Nancy Spain; before Kathryn Bigelow came Muriel Box. The unsung heroines of Her Brilliant Career forever changed the fabric of culture, society, and the workforce. This is the Fifties retold: vivid, surprising, and, most of all, modern."