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Women & Power: A Manifesto

Category: Book
By (author): Beard, Mary
Subject:  HISTORY / Women
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Women in Politics
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: December 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 128
Size: 7.31in x 7.50in
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From The Publisher*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?
Review Quote*Troll slayer. - The New Yorker

Battling back her antagonists [Beard has become] something of a folk hero. - New York Times

What she says is always powerful and interesting. - Guardian

A Cambridge professor and a television lecturer of irresistible salty charm. - New York Times Book Review

An irrepressible enthusiast with a refreshing disregard for convention. - Financial Times
Biographical NoteMary 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.