Our Book for March – Women and Power by Mary Beard

‘When it comes to silencing women, Western Culture has had thousands of years of practice.’

In celebration of Women’s History Month, our book for March is Women and Power by Mary Beard.

This is the great book to start off our book club as it empowers women, fitting for Women’s History Month, to keep using their voice and change the way in which society has defined power.

Within this short text Mary Beard explores why there is less women in power than men. Although over time there has been an increase of women in power, it is still an issue that is very much present, the question is why?

This short text, explores how women have been silenced from the beginning of time up until present day. The book also explores women in power, in literature and the real world, and how this is perceived within society.

“With wry wit, she revisits the gender agenda and shows how history has treated powerful women. Her examples range from the classical world to the modern day, from Medusa and Athena to Theresa May and Hillary Clinton. 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?”

We are very excited about this book and we hope you enjoy it too. We look forward to hearing your views on it!

Keep an eye throughout the month, as we will be posting more information about the book throughout the month.

Happy Reading!

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