Eve Was Shamed: How British Justice is Failing Women (Hardback)
  • Eve Was Shamed: How British Justice is Failing Women (Hardback)

Eve Was Shamed: How British Justice is Failing Women (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 11/10/2018
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Waterstones Says

Essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the inherent inequity in the British legal system, this is a fired and unflinching reckoning – coherent, passionate and highly researched.

What comes after #MeToo? One of our most eminent lawyers and defenders of human rights answers with this urgent, authoritative and deeply shocking look at British justice

In Eve Was Shamed Helena Kennedy forensically examines the pressing new evidence that women are still being discriminated against throughout the legal system, from the High Court (where only 21% of judges are women) to female prisons (where 84% of inmates are held for non-violent offences despite the refrain that prison should only be used for violent or serious crime).

In between are the so-called 'lifestyle' choices of the Rotherham girls; the failings of the current rules on excluding victims' sexual history from rape trials; battered wives being asked why they don't `just leave' their partners; the way statistics hide the double discrimination experienced by BAME and disabled women; the failure to prosecute cases of female genital mutilation... the list goes on.

The law holds up a mirror to society and it is failing women. The #MeToo campaign has been in part a reaction to those failures. So what comes next? How do we codify what we've learned? In this richly detailed and shocking book, one of our most eminent human rights thinkers and practitioners shows with force and fury that change for women must start at the heart of what makes society just.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784742225
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 573 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm


'...an excellent and forensic takedown of a legal system in which women are still facing iniquitous judgements and injustice' - The Observer

'Helena Kennedy has written a chilling expose of how the law has historically failed women. Taking no prisoners, Kennedy outlines the damage we must undo, and the changes we must make. Eve was Shamed is a necessary book for the #MeToo era' - Amanda Foreman

'Passionate and persuasive proof that equal justice is an ideal yet to be achieved. Drawing upon her outstanding career at the defence Bar and of leading reform in Parliament, Helena Kennedy eloquently urges an end to the discrimination and dehumanisation that women suffer in the courts, and in their lives' - Geoffrey Robertson QC

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“This will make you angry and then scared”

This is a scouring exposure of the rampant misogyny within both the British law and legal system. Revealing the inherent inequality it is scathing of the British legal system but never strays into the rabidity of a... More

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