Leeds Branch of the Women's Equality Party will be holding the next in our series of 'Culture Club', our regular book and film discussion group, on Wednesday 12th January 2022 at 7.30pm online via Zoom.
This month WE are reading 'Attack of the 50ft Women' by Catherine Mayer
If gender equality promises benefits not just to women, but to everyone, why aren’t we embracing it? And how can we speed the pace of change? Fewer than nine percent of world leaders are female, but the few women who have broken through include towering figures such as Angela Merkel. Could 50-foot women save the day? These questions have gripped journalist and author Catherine Mayer since she accidentally founded the Women’s Equality Party in March 2015 and watched it grow in months from an idea to a vibrant political force with more than 70 branches across the UK.
In ATTACK OF THE FIFTY FOOT WOMEN, her insightful, revelatory, often hilarious, and hugely inspiring book, she tackles those questions and many more, sharing inside views and experiences from building a party, and bringing together global research with analyses and interviews based on her own far-flung research.
And she goes further. Campaigning for the Women’s Equality Party ahead of elections in May 2016, she noticed that many people found it hard, in the absence of any real-life examples, to envisage a gender-equal world. So she takes us there, to the place she calls Equalia. What is it like? Does gender equality make for a society that is more equal in other ways too? Who does the low-paid jobs? How does gender express itself in a place freed from gender programming? What’s the sex like? What’s on the telly?
“Empowering and full of hope, Attack of the 50ft Women made me feel 50ft tall. Glass ceilings beware.” Sarah Shaffi, editor at The Bookseller and writer for Stylist
“Electricfying. Full of chutzpah, knowledge and vision.” Elif Shafak
Come along to ‘Culture Club’ if you have read the book, watched the film or just want to have a chat. WE would love to see you there!
If you would like to read ahead, February's book is ‘Descent of Man’ by Grayson Perry.
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