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Women & Power (Hardcover)
by Mary Beard

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New York Times Bestseller
One of the Guardian's "100 Best Books of the 21st Century" -- "A modern feminist classic."

From the internationally acclaimed classicist and New York Times best-selling author comes this timely manifesto on women and power. Based on a lecture from the London Review of Books lecture series, this essay from Beard (SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome) uses examples from literature to show deep roots of misogyny in Western culture. Beard uses clear and elegant prose to explore the ways in which men have silenced women and excluded them from the public sphere throughout history. She traces the phenomenon from Homer's Odyssey, which Beard cites as the "first recorded example of a man telling a woman to 'shut up, '" to the hostile treatment of women politicians today, which Beard sees as exemplified by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stopping Sen. Elizabeth Warren from speaking on the Senate floor in early 2017. Beard argues that there is still no clear concept of what a powerful woman looks like, except "that she looks rather like a man," this being why numerous Western political leaders wear "regulation trouser suits." Beard ends on an open note that questions the nature of power itself: "If women are not perceived to be fully within the structures of power, surely it is power that we need to redefine rather than women?" This slim and timely volume leaves readers to contemplate how women can reconfigure society's current perceptions of power.

About the Author


A professor of classics at Cambridge University, Mary Beard is the author of the best-selling SPQR and Women & Power and the National Book Critics Circle Award-nominated Confronting the Classics. A popular blogger and television personality, Beard is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.

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