The Equality Illusion: The Truth about Women and Men Today

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Faber & Faber, 2010 - Feminism - 285 pages
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'Whoever says that prostitution is just ordinary work has never walked even a minute in my shoes, or any other girl that I know. Prostitution is actually a trap that most women believe for far too long'. Rebecca Saffer, former 'high-end call girl', interviewed in The Equality Illusion. Women have made huge strides in equality over the last century. And feminism is now generally considered irrelevant, or old-fashioned, or even embarrassing. But what about the fact that today women working full-time in the UK are paid on average 17 per cent less an hour than men? That one in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused because of her gender? Or that there is a huge disparity in both government and corporate power (of parliamentary seats across the globe only 15 per cent are held by women, fewer than 20 per cent of UK MPs are women, and 96 per cent of executive directors of the UK's top hundred companies are men)? In The Equality Illusion, campaigner Kat Banyard argues passionately and articulately that feminism continues to be one of the most urgent and relevant social justice campaigns today.

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User Review  - HanGerg - LibraryThing

Goodness me, this is a depressing read. That's not a criticism, this is a non fiction book, and it's simply that the facts it details are all true, and very depressing facts they are. Here's just a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ceilidhann - LibraryThing

Really good read, especially if you want something of a 'starter book' for feminism. I've read a lot of this sort of stuff before but Banyard always manages to keep things interesting, readable and ... Read full review

Contents

Waking Up to Body Image
15
A Gendered Education
45
Just Another Days Work
73
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Kat Banyard was born in 1982 and is one of the founders and Co-Director of UK Feminista, a feminist activist organisation, and before then was the Campaigns Officer at the Fawcett Society, the UK's leading campaign for women's rights. Prior to her work at Fawcett, Kat worked for a refugee organisation in Sheffield setting up women's groups. She now lives in London and this is her first book.

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