The Misogyny Factor

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NewSouth Publishing, 2013 - Social Science - 182 pages

This provocative examination by a media-savvy writer who remains at the forefront of the political debate surrounding gender equality explores why equality between men and women has failed to be achieved in Australia. In 2012, Anne Summers gave two landmark speeches about women in Australia, attracting more than 120,000 visits to her website. Within weeks thereafter, Prime Minister Julia Gillard's own speech about misogyny and sexism went viral and was celebrated around the world. However, Summers makes the case that Australians are still uncomfortable with the idea of women with political and financial power, let alone the reality, and she dismisses the idea that progress for women—as opposed to outright success—should be celebrated. She then offers an idea of what truly successful gender equality should look like.

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When the new PM of Canada, M. Trudeau, was asked why he had so many women in his cabinet, his reply was succinct and profound. "Because," he said, "it's 2016." Well, here is Anne Summers, writing in ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Anne Summers is a writer, a journalist, and the author of Damned Whores and God’s Police, The Lost Mother, and On Luck. She writes for a number of publications, including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, and the Australian Financial Review. She has worked as a senior bureaucrat and political adviser, is the editor of the digital magazine Anne Summers Reports, and is the former editor in chief of the landmark feminist New York–based Ms. magazine.

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