Women & Power by Mary Beard

Women & 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 leadersh...

Details Women & Power

TitleWomen & Power
Release DateDec 12th, 2017
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, History, Writing, Essays, Politics

Reviews Women & Power

  • Ina Cawl
    It is a shame for women to be loudI don’t know who told me this this stupid wisdom and I don’t remember Maybe in my school or maybe in my house but nevertheless I feel guilty for believing it.Why some men or most of traditional men are scared of women talking loudly, what about women doest those feel irritated by it ?Lack of public speaking to group of people was curse that befell on women for most of time and still now that right to speak in...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    This is a very thought-provoking read, as long as you understand what it is - the texts of two speeches Mary Beard has given in the 21st century. Honestly, I do wish she'd used them as a starting point and written a much longer book about the topic, because I think she is drawing some connections I have not seen before - between classical imagery and modern politics, the cultural precedents for the oppression of women in the oldest literature, et...
  • Nicola
    I pretty much wanted to underline the whole thing. Review coming in The Big Issue soon.
  • Monika
    There's really nothing new here, but Mary Beard does a wonderful job bringing classical history/misogyny into the 21st century. My biggest complaint is that it just didn't go far enough. I would have loved a full length book on the subject, and she did raise some really interesting comparisons. It just wasn't fleshed out enough for me, and I think it's a better pick for readers just getting started with feminist texts.
  • Raymond
    "When it comes to silencing women, Western culture has had thousands of years of practice." -Mary BeardBeard’s Women & Power is a collection of two lectures that she gave in 2014 and 2017 both on the subject on how women are treated and perceived in the public sphere and the historical roots of this treatment. Beard shows through her lectures that the silencing of women as well as the way we view women in power has its roots in Greek and Roman ...
  • Becky
    I will get straight to the point, with no ladylike silly shally.... this is bloody brilliant.
  • Tiffany Reisz
    Damn, women have it tough in this world. Good thing I’m not a...what was that? I am? Shit.
  • Joanna Flis
    A very important book. Loud voice about voiceless women.
  • Steven
    "If we want to give women as a gender—and not just in the shape of a few determined individuals—their place inside the structures of power, we have to think harder about how and why we think as we do. If there is a cultural template, which works to disempower women, what exactly is it and where do we get it from?" (58)
  • Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
    Read in one late-train-journey gulp and very much enjoyed. There isn’t a lot new here from a feminist theory perspective but I really appreciated how Mary Beard foregrounds the impact of speech and speech imagery. It’s engaging, thoughtful and so inventive in the connections made between the classical and the contemporary world. I just wish it was longer, with more space to expand.