Women & Power: A Manifesto
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Women & Power: A Manifesto

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Author: Mary Beard (Cambridge University)

Format: Hardback

Number of Pages: 128


At long last, Mary Beard addresses in one brave book the misogynists and trolls who mercilessly attack and demean women the world over, including, very often, Mary herself. In Women & Power, she traces the origins of this misogyny to its ancient roots, examining the pitfalls of gender and the ways that history has mistreated strong women since time immemorial. As far back as Homer's Odyssey, Beard shows, women have been prohibited from leadership roles in civic life, public speech being defined as inherently male. From Medusa to Philomela (whose tongue was cut out), from Hillary Clinton to Elizabeth Warren (who was told to sit down), Beard draws illuminating parallels between our cultural assumptions about women's relationship to power-and how powerful women provide a necessary example for all women who must resist being vacuumed into a male template. With personal reflections on her own online experiences with sexism, Beard asks: If women aren't perceived to be within the structure of power, isn't it power itself we need to redefine? And how many more centuries should we be expected to wait?
  • Author: Mary Beard (Cambridge
  • Format: Hardback
  • Tags: Gender studies, Hardback, History, July-2021, specific events & topics, women
  • Barcode: 9781631494758
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    Women & Power: A manifesto.

    I have not read it yet. I am almost finished. ‘Francis 1’ by Leonie Frieda. Fantastic history/biography, very easy to read even for people who are not interested in history or biography.

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    Robyn in the Sticks
    Validation of what we already knew

    Mary Beard gives an interesting historical perspective of the silencing of women's voices - going back to the dawn of philosophical and historical thought.
    The perspective is very much through a European lens for comparison of then and now. Australian readers in particular will draw parallels of the language used against our own women in leadership roles and reflect on how similar patriarchal thinking has retained its usual prejudices towards women who speak out. Overall it is a well researched and thought out manifesto.

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