Women & Power: A Manifesto (Paperback)
  • Women & Power: A Manifesto (Paperback)
  • Women & Power: A Manifesto (Paperback)
  • Women & Power: A Manifesto (Paperback)
  • Women & Power: A Manifesto (Paperback)
Women & Power: A Manifesto (Paperback) Women & Power: A Manifesto (Paperback) Women & Power: A Manifesto (Paperback)

Women & Power: A Manifesto (Paperback)

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Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 01/11/2018
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Historian Mary Beard presents a bold manifesto for women’s liberty, exploring the deep roots of misogyny and offering a revolutionary roadmap for change.

An updated edition of the Sunday Times Bestseller

We have to retell stories of women’s power, re-evaluate what power is.

Acclaimed classicist Mary Beard presents a revolutionary manifesto for our time, exploring women in power from Medusa to Merkel and presenting a new feminist roadmap. Hard-hitting, unapologetic and wise.

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?

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788160612
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 116 g
Dimensions: 178 x 111 x 10 mm
Edition: Main


'With clearsightedness and wry humour, this self-described 'gobby woman' proves public speech is no longer the preserve of maleness. More power to her.' - Laura Garmeson, The Financial Times

'A modern feminist classic.' - Rachel Cooke, The Observer

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' - The Guardian

'An irrepressible enthusiast with a refreshing disregard for convention.' -  The Financial Times

'With such a champion as Beard to debunk and popularise, the future of the study of classics is assured.' - The 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, The Sunday Times

'Vastly engaging ... a tremendously enjoyable and scholarly read.' - Natalie Haynes, The Observer

'Sustaining the energy that such a topic demands for more than 600 pages, while providing a coherent answer to the question of why Rome expanded so spectacularly, is hugely ambitious. Beard succeeds triumphantly ... full of insights and delights ... SPQR is consistently enlivened by Beard's eye for detail and her excellent sense of humour.' - The Sunday Times 

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Angie Groves at Blackpool

“Concise and important.”

A concise, informative little book on the theme of women's power and our lack of it. Using well thought out examples from Ancient Greece and Rome, Mary Beard ponders how women have been silenced, mocked and had... More

Hardback edition
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“Powerful and thought provoking ”

A short book, a powerful book and a well written book. This is, as it says, on the cover, a manifesto, a cry for women to have a voice and crucially to be heard, and for women to have the right not to be demonised. In... More

Hardback edition
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Catriona at Waterstones Head Office

“Short & Brilliant”

A short and brilliant set of 2 essays from Mary Beard using Greco-Roman tales to illustrate the origins of our cultural norms regarding women. It's written perfectly: intelligent and conversational, allowing for... More

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