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Women & Power: A Manifesto

by Mary Beard

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Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

"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 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?

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ISBN-13:
9781631494758
9781631494758
Publisher:
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
12/12/2017
Pages:
128
128
Sales rank:
12,548
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
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About the Author

About the Author

Mary Beard is the author of multiple books, including the NBCC finalist Confronting the Classics, and most recently, the best-selling SPQR. A popular blogger and television personality and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, Beard is a professor of classics at the University of Cambridge.

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…[Beard's] sparkling and forceful manifesto…is a straight shot of adrenaline, animated less by lament than impatience and quick wit…It's a tonic to encounter a book that doesn't just describe the scale of a problem but suggests remedies—and exciting ones at that.

The New York Times - Parul Sehgal
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