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Women & Power

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Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 128
Subject: Philosophy & Ideas, History & Classics
Illustrations: black and white pictures throughout

Women & Power

A Manifesto

Mary Beard

The gender agenda revisited

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781788160605 (Published 2 Nov 2017)

About the book

Why the popular resonance of 'mansplaining' (despite the intense dislike of the term felt by many men)? It hits home for us because it points straight to what it feels like not to be taken seriously: a bit like when I get lectured on Roman history on Twitter.

Britain's best-known classicist Mary Beard, is also a committed and vocal feminist. With wry wit, she revisits the gender agenda and shows how history has treated powerful women. Her examples range from the classical world to the modern day, from Medusa and Athena to Theresa May and Elizabeth Warren. Beard explores the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, considering the public voice of women, our cultural assumptions about women's relationship with power, and how powerful women resist being packaged into a male template.

With personal reflections on her own experiences of the sexism and gendered aggression she has endured online, Mary asks: if women aren't perceived to be within the structures of power, isn't it power that we need to redefine?

About the author

Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the Classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim, and is a fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her previous books include most recently SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, and the bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, The Roman Triumph, also The Parthenon and Confronting the Classics. Her blog has been collected in the books It's a Don's Life and All in a Don's Day.


Praise for Mary Beard:

'She's pulled off that rare trick of becoming a don with a high media profile who hasn't sold out, who is absolutely respected by the academy for her scholarship ... what she says is always powerful and interesting

- Guardian

An irrepressible enthusiast with a refreshing disregard for convention

- FT

With such a champion as Beard to debunk and popularise, the future of the study of classics is assured

- Daily Telegraph

Dynamically, wittily and authoritatively brings the ancient world to life

- Simon Sebag Montefiore

Praise for SPQR: Fast-moving, exciting, psychologically acute, warmly sceptical

- Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 128
Subject: Philosophy & Ideas, History & Classics
Illustrations: black and white pictures throughout

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