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Books to help you challenge the patriarchy (that apparently doesn’t exist)

Its usual to be dismissed as an ‘angsty student’ if you mention any kind of injustice or inequality against women.  These books will arm you with logic and statistics you need so no one can brush you off so easily again. They have the added bonus of being simultaneously heart-warming, gut wrenching and creating such a united and positive atmosphere that you’ll want to hug your sister and best friends immediately. 

  1. Invisible Women – Caroline Criado Perez 

‘The neat thing about data, is that it avoids thorny questions of intention. Criado Perez doesn’t set out to prove a vast conspiracy; she simply wields data like a laser, slicing cleanly through the fog of unconscious and unthinking preferences.’ – The Guardian

My personal favourite. Its not an easy read because it is so jam packed full of statistics, that it takes a little time to get into the writing style, but she provides an abundance of eye-opening arguments and data that are genuinely interesting. Yet, what makes it so great is she still manages to weave in a sense of dark humour and irony when delivering the more obvious information, the stuff that would make you eye role. Also, she specifically explores the bias in medical research and its damaging effects on women’s health and treatments, which is genuinely shocking and made me feel a little bit sick. She manages to dive into these topics whilst never losing the overall theme of how basically everything has a ‘’one- size- fits -all -men’’ attitude. You’ll feel things. 

  1. The Authority Gap – Mary Ann Sieghart 

‘’ An impassioned, meticulously argued, and optimistic call to arms for anyone who cares about creating a fairer society’’- Observer 

In the Guardian ‘Best politics book of the year’ Sieghart provides shocking and tantalising insight into the deliberate and unconscious bias present in the mundane, and how inequality really is present all around us. What makes this so great is she uses interviews with pioneering women including, Bernadine Evaristo and Mary Beard, to champion women at every level in society and industry and help validate their experiences with casual sexism. Reading this will make you realise that you were not overreacting about the little things and as a community were all a little bit miffed that we have never been introduced first. This is a great one to pass on to everyone you know but especially all the women in your life.  

  1. The Fictional Woman- Tara Moss 

‘This book, part memoir, part manifesto, catapults [Tara] into the frontline as a public commentator who demands serious attention. She is a welcome addition to any conversation about social justice, public ethics and the objectification of women, about which she knows a great deal.’ Caroline Baum

In this brutal yet entertaining read Moss employs a personal and anecdotal tone to highlight social inequality. She masterfully weaves together her own experiences, some as shocking as having to take a polygraph test to prove she was the genuine author of her work, and the more generic female experience to show how the patriarchy really is still a thing. She even manages to back herself up with statistics and data whilst doing it.  Her aim is ‘’change the old fictions one woman at a time’’ and she’s definitely on the way. Do yourself a favour and pop down to waterstones.

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