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Women & Power: A Manifesto

Narrated by: Mary Beard
Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
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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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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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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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Outstanding

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

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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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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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Very much applicable to women and yoga /meditation

Amazing book. What to focus in my area of work yoga teaching. So I will say this book is a must for yoga and meditation practitioners. Yoga and meditation world are not an exception. Male teachers have use power and have sexually assault women Talking about what are the alibi that yoga teachers-gurus and their communities have preserved to justify these teacher behaviour is a key question we have to make.... metoo has to continue and more women need to be supported for them to be able to talk....
The book also is an inspiration on what can of power women need and that very likely the paradigm of power as it is now has to change is not just for “leaders” probably the idea that natural leaders is the model has to change and become more open and stop admiring / looking for the leader model ....
thanks Mary Beard

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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.