This month we discussed Women and Power by Mary Beard. This book compiles two lectures given by Beard, one in 2014 and another in 2017. In these lectures she discusses various topics related to women and power, and how women have been excluded from public speaking and positions of power at different times in History.
We all need this kind of analysis, even if we think that everything has been done and said about the role of women in the structures of power. Beard doesn’t offer any solutions, it just describes the situation as it is and she ventures some theories about how it could be, if we all worked on making equality possible.
Women and Power is an engaging book and it clearly shows how far away we are from having a balanced distribution of power. Our book club had one of the best discussions we had for a long time, a lot of us had stories of unfairness to tell and had in some way experienced all the problems mentioned in the book. It was very satisfying to hear what our members had to say about their own experience as women in society, at work and in general. We all hoped that the new generation would be able to carry on working towards better conditions for all of us.
Mary Beard is a professor of Classics in Cambridge and she has done a great job as a communicator in her television shows Rome and Civilizations, making the classical world come alive for a lot of us.
Ratings: Claudia 3.5, Di 3.5, Gail 3, Meg 3.5, Sandra 4 and Pauline 3.
We will meet next on the 13/05/19 at 6:30PM at Preece House, 50 Nerang St Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops) to discuss Milkman by Anna Burns winner of The Man Booker Prize 2018.
Hope to see you all there and happy reading!
We are a group that gets together once a month to discuss good books. Each of us gets to choose a book on a rotational basis, preferably one outside our personal comfort zone – we try to keep the trash to ourselves. After the discussion, we comment on other books we read that month. Most of the time we remain friends after the meeting.
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