Of Women in the 21st Century by Shami Chakrabarti

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The book is at its best when she goes somewhat off piste. There is an unexpected and absorbing chapter on the rarely discussed topic of how feminists reconcile their views with various religious faiths...
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A powerful, urgent and timely polemic on why women still need equality, and how we get there It is the greatest human rights abuse on the planet. It blights first and developing worlds, rich and poor women's health, wealth, education, representation, opportunity and security everywhere. It is no exaggeration to describe it as an 'apartheid', but not limited to one country or historical period. Gender injustice, Shami Chakrabarti shows, is an ancient and continuing wrong that is millennial in duration and global in reach. As we move forward in the twenty-first century, a time of crises the world over, Shami Chakrabarti lays out the huge challenges we face with honesty and clarity. We have not yet done enough to create a more equal world: one where women and men share power, responsibility and opportunity. One that is potentially happier and more peaceful. One where no life is wasted, and everyone has a chance to fulfil their potential. Instead, we've been playing around at the edges. What's needed now is radical change. From the disparity in the number of births to issues of schooling, work, ownership, faith, political representation and international diplomacy, Of Women outlines what needs fixing and makes clear, inspiring proposals about what we do next, putting women's rights at the centre of the progressive political agenda.
 

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Published March 27, 2018 by Penguin Press. 240 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy.
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Reviewed by Gaby Hinsliff on Oct 26 2017

The book is at its best when she goes somewhat off piste. There is an unexpected and absorbing chapter on the rarely discussed topic of how feminists reconcile their views with various religious faiths...

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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Oct 22 2017

Given what we are dealing with right now, however, we’re going to need better, angrier, more wily and more thoughtful books than this one as our rallying cries.

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