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Summary

An updated edition of the Sunday Times best seller.

Britain's best known classicist, Mary Beard, is also a committed and vocal feminist. In Women & Power she revisits the gender agenda and shows how history has treated powerful women, using examples ranging from the classical world to the modern day. 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.

A year on since the advent of #MeToo, in a new afterword, Beard reflects on the successes and the future of that movement, probing the narratives of rape and consent. She asks about the stories men tell themselves to justify their treatment of women. Which stories endure, and who controls them? With wry wit Beard argues it's time for change. 

From the author of international best seller SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome.

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©2017 Mary Beard (P)2017 Hachette Audio UK

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excellent short read

A short but thought provoking read on some of the historical underpinnings of gender inequities and the conscious or unconscious bias in the modern world. Overall an excellent book.

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Impassioned and eloquent

A brilliant and brutally honest assessment of the gender divides and their historical roots. Admittedly there is an absence of intersectionalism, however, this is a perspective piece which is wonderfully delivered.

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Essential reading for women and men

Powerfully captures the ancient cultural attitudes underpinning contemporary prejudice towards women in power. Nailed it!

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Essential reading for all

I wish the men in my life would all read this from cover to cover!

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A reflective and fascinating listen

This excellent book with two lectures and some later reflections was a hugely erudite and interesting listen. Punching well above it’s word count in content and ideas, Beard once again makes expansive ideas and reflections both accessible and relevant. A listen not just for “feminists”. Also lovely to hear it in her own voice.

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Just terrific, well done Mary

This audiobook is word perfect, powerfully read and constantly interesting. Mary Beard’s ability to synthesise is highly admirable.

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Outstanding

Totally, beautifully, eloquently sums up our lot. I love hearing books read by the author.

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Short but interesting

I could listen Mary Beard for days. I loved her already as a historian, but this book has really highlighted, for me, what a brilliant social commentator she is also. Only thing I hated was how quickly this manifesto ended.

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a fascinating listen!

a fascinating listen, a must in modern days for all genders and ages !

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Very interesting

This was very interesting, knowledgeable, and very thought provoking book. It was a pleasure to listen to.

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  • 14-09-19

Overrated

Way too short for the price on audible. Mary Beard says nothing we didn’t already know. Sorry, as a woman I almost feel unsisterly but overall I just feel conned.