A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"A modern feminist classic."The GuardianFrom the internationally acclaimed classicist and New York Times best-selling author comes this timely manifesto on women and power. 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 powerand 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?
A professor of classics at Cambridge University, Mary Beardis the author of the best-selling SPQR and Women & Power and the National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated Confronting the Classics. A popular blogger and television personality, Beard is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.
Women & Power: A Manifesto 4.5 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
This is a very short book which is really transcripts of lectures on the history of Women and their lack of political power. She begins in ancient history and continues to contemporary times. The power in question is mostly political. The author is a scholar but these lectures are for a mass audience. She does not offer any solutions. Overall this is a quick thought provoking read.
9 months ago
Fabulous book. Perspectives I had not considered backed by a powerful mastery of history and observation. My daughter gave this to me for Mother's Day; what a great gift it was.
Any woman interested in how our place in society developed and/or who wants to grow as a person as as a group would benefit from reading this.
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