Books : reviews

Mary Beard.
Women & Power: a manifesto.
Profile Books. 2017

With wry wit, Britain’s best-known classicist Mary Beard revisits the gender agenda and shows how history has treated powerful women. Her examples range from the classical world to the modern day, exploring the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, considering the public voice of women, our cultural assumptions about women’s relationship with power, and how few 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: it women aren’t perceived to be within the structures at power, isn’t it power that we need to redefine?