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Women & Power: A Manifesto
Women & Power: A Manifesto | Mary Beard
From the internationally acclaimed classicist and New York Times best-selling author comes this timely manifesto on women and power.
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Owlizabeth
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As a shallow American dumdum, my knowledge of the ancient world is really limited to Harry Hamlin‘s nipples in Clash of the Titans. In Women & Power, Mary Beard explains how entrenched misogyny is in the Western world and has been since the ancient Greeks. (Which, duh, Zeus is a rape monster) This collection of two speeches was informative and made me want to know more, so I‘ve put SPQR on my holds list. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

readordierachel Love this review 👍 4d
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AnneCecilie
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In this short book that contains two essays, Beard looks at how women has been silenced since the dawn of time and how women who speak up or doesn‘t follow the norm are treated.

#NFNov

Siri_reads Høres interessant ut!😁 Har du sett dokumentaren Dei modigaste kvinnene på NRK tv? Anbefales 🌟 2mo
AnneCecilie @Siri_reads nei. Den har jeg ikke hørt om. Hvilke kvinner handler den om og ligger den der enda? 2mo
Clwojick 6pts 2mo
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Siri_reads @AnneCecilie ja, ligger der ennå. Handler om Suffragettene i Storbritannia. Laget av bbc i fjor for å markere 100 års jubileumet for kvinners stemmerett der . 2mo
AnneCecilie @Siri_reads Den MÅ jeg se. For noen damer. Har lest litt om dem. 2mo
Siri_reads Ja, bra dokumentar også! Viste begge episodene tiø 9.kl min. De ble sjokkert over hva kvinner måtte gjøre for å bli hørt 💪🏻 2mo
AnneCecilie @Siri_reads Ja, de damene gikk dramatisk til verks. 2mo
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Mansplaining and a sad reality #NFNov

AnneCecilie I‘m also reading this now. There were lots of things to think about after the first essay, at least to me. 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks @AnneCecilie it is very thought-provoking. 2mo
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NeedsMoreBooks @Clwojick thank you! 2mo
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NeedsMoreBooks
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This book details how women are perceived when they enter traditionally masculine fields like politics. Beard chronicles how women have been silenced since the ancient Greco-Roman period till how women are targeted on social media and other online platforms. Beard focuses on women in politics but her historical examples are revealing. #NFNov

Come-read-with-me @NeedsMoreBooks This sounds really good! Thanks for sharing. 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks @Come-read-with-me thanks. It was short and powerful. 2mo
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NeedsMoreBooks @Clwojick thank you! 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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#TIL #NFNov
Already in the Odyssey, a women is told to shut up. The Odyssey is more than Odysseus story of getting home after the Trojan Wars, and his wife Penelope waiting on him. It is also about their son Telemachus, and his growing up.

So the first time a women is told to shut up is when Telemachus tells his mother that speech is the business of men.

I had no idea that this was the beginning of Western literature

Bookwomble Women generally didn't have a good time of it in Ancient Greece. 2mo
Clwojick 4pts 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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I‘ve started this for #NFNov today

@Clwojick @rsteve388

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erzascarletbookgasm
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This slim but powerful book is the result of two lectures Beard has given (2014 and 2017). Looking back at stories from ancient Greeks and the Romans, Beard tells us how women‘s voices are continued to be silenced from ancient times till today. An informative read in an engaging narrative.
#NFNov

Thank you @Kalalalatja for gifting me this book, I‘ve finally read it after so long! 😁🙈💕

Kalalalatja I‘m glad you like it! And it doesn‘t matter how long it takes, every book at its time 😄💕 2mo
ralexist I listened to this on audiobook. It was so good! I keep hoping she'll take this and expand upon it. 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Beard uses a famous cartoon from Punch magazine that illustrates what she calls “the Miss Triggs question”, in depicting how women‘s voices are ‘not publicly heard in our own contemporary culture.‘ The cartoonist is Riana Duncan, who captured the sexist atmosphere of the boardroom 30 years ago.
#NFNov

Texreader Wow. This is brilliant and so true 2mo
Kalalalatja Love Beard‘s book 🙌 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This makes me laugh!
#NFNov

charl08 Ok, I'll ask - does she say how they did t in the olden days? Marble? Pottery?! 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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MayJasper Abso...blooming....lutely! 2mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
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While I love watching documentaries, I don't read much non-fiction. Women and Power by Mary Beard has been my only #nonfiction read of the year so far! An interesting read full of personality - I wish it had been a little longer.
#GratefulReads Day 5 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I don‘t read much nonfiction either!! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 I don‘t read a lot of NF either! 2mo
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NotCool
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“We find repeated stress throughout ancient literature on the authority of the deep male voice in contrast to to the female...the tone and timbre of women‘s speech always threatened to subvert not just the voice of the male orator but also the social and political stability, the health, of the whole state.”

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Lucy_Anywhere
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WOMEN AND POWER is an essay based on a couple of lectures that Mary Beard gave about how some aspects of misogyny today can be traced back to the Greco-Roman times. A really interesting and thought-provoking read. I only wish it had been longer!

#essay #feminist

twohectobooks I just noticed this cross stitch! What are you making? 6mo
Lucy_Anywhere @twohectobooks it's a Jane Austen cross-stitch that I'm determined to get finished before the end of summer! 6mo
Centique @Lucy_Anywhere the cross stitch looks fab! Do show us when it‘s finished 😍😍 6mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
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This week has been a bit of a washout for #BFCr2 and apologies to #teamlitnfit for being a bit MIA! It's been a busy week what with packing up my flat in Palma and moving (temporarily) back to the UK, meeting my new little niece, sorting out my paperwork for Thailand, and generally trying to Marie Kondo everything I own 🙈

@mcipher @wanderinglynn @BeckyB @Books.Bottles.and.Babies @DebbieGrillo @okthislooksbad @twohectobooks @krayoncolorz

okthislooksbad Hope the move went smoothly! When are you leaving for Thailand? 😄 6mo
Lucy_Anywhere @okthislooksbad Thanks! It did go fairly smoothly despite a little wrangle with DHL. I leave in August, so I have a bit of time to enjoy the cooler weather 😀 6mo
twohectobooks Doing anything productive at all while moving counts as a win in my books. Good for you! 6mo
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wanderinglynn Wow! You had a big week! I hope you have some downtime to recuperate from the move! 6mo
mcipher Sounds like you did great despite a challenging week! Hope moving is going smoothly ❤️ 6mo
Charityann What a busy week! Good luck with everything! 😊👍🏼 6mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
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Here we go... my #nomakeup #nofilter selfie for #BFCr2 I've had to wait for today as I was being a bit vain and was waiting for the scratch on my cheek to heal 🙈

#teamlitnfit

@mcipher @wanderinglynn

krayoncolorz You‘re gorgeous! I still need to do mine! I‘ve had such a busy week! Today is the day! 6mo
wanderinglynn Beautiful! ❤️ And your eye color is stunning. Thank you for sharing. 6mo
mcipher So pretty - I‘m loving everyone‘s pictures and amazed by all the beautiful hair! Who knew Littens all had great hair?!? 😆 6mo
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MEGR
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So excited to start this today!

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Itchyfeetreader
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Take 2 at reviewing this fab little collection of lectures. Mary Beard is succinct yet knowledgable. Loved the first chapter which touched on some sociolinguistics as well as drawing on feminist thinking, classical history and modern politics. Thanks for sending this one @jenniferw88

jenniferw88 Glad you enjoyed it more than me! 7mo
Itchyfeetreader There was a moment in time where I nearly studied socio linguistics. My A level project was transcribing and reviewing the way a group of 10 year old boys and girls spoke when working on a school art project together. It was fascinating to see how hey were starting to develop gendered language structure, styles etc. This talked a bit to that for me!! The path not taken! 7mo
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ralexist
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The final title in my female voices in power audiobook trifecta is this short one by Mary Beard. She's a highly respected classics scholar and in this she's expanding on 2 lectures she's given. Delving into history & literature she tracks how the silencing of women is not a new phenomenon but one that is so old that it's informed much of the ways that we perceive & accept power as a concept, and what that has meant for women throughout history.

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youneverarrived
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Thank you @TrishB for the book and bookmarks. I can‘t wait to read this one 🖤

Thanks @kaysworld1 for the lovely card ❤️
Appreciate it ladies 😘😘 #jbuk

Cathythoughts So nice ♥️👍🏻 7mo
TrishB Glad it arrived😁 enjoy 💕 7mo
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎈🎉🎂🎁🎊 7mo
Pricel101 Happy birthday! 😘🥳 7mo
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ImperfectCJ
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There's not much feminist thought that's really new to me, but I like how Beard puts together the ideas here. Women being like men isn't a long-term solution to gaining society's acceptance of women in power. What we need is a shift in how we define leadership. Or so I summarize. Helps explain why I bristle when people tell my teen Girl Scout that she can earn her Eagle Scout now instead of that Gold Award no one's heard of.

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elizabethlk
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This is so good. Mary Beard connects history, politics, literature, and personal experience to explore the ways women have power and voice, and more especially the ways women lack power and voice. It is well worth the read. I definitely need to get on reading more of her stuff.

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saresmoore
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Here is a closer look at the goodies from @TrishB —the Mary Beard book is gorgeous. Thank you again, my friend!

Cathythoughts Gorgeous gifts ♥️ 10mo
TrishB You‘re welcome 😘 always a relief when things get there in one piece! 10mo
batsy How lovely 😍 10mo
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Kalalalatja I love that Mary Beard book 🙌 10mo
AmyG ❤️ 10mo
saresmoore @TrishB I was very impressed—the package was wholly intact! It was such a nice surprise. ♥️ 10mo
LeahBergen Oooohh! How lovely! 😍 10mo
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saresmoore
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My girls were just as excited as I was about the lovely Litsy package that arrived today! Thank you, Trish for all the amazing feminist goodies. ♥️♥️♥️ I‘m so honored by your thoughtfulness & generosity!

The girls love the silly pens, as you can see, and I love everything else! 😘

Tamra Adorable! 10mo
TrishB Aww look at those smiles 😁❤️ 10mo
batsy Cuties ❤️ 10mo
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AmyG Beautiful girls 💕 10mo
Crazeedi You girls are precious!😍 10mo
MaureenMc 😍 10mo
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
andrew61 Lovely photo ☺ 10mo
Leftcoastzen Adorable and growing so fast! 10mo
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“...if you were ever doubtful about the extent to which the exclusion of women from power is culturally embedded or unsure of the continued strength of classical ways of formulating and justifying it - well, I give you Trump and Clinton, Perseus and Medusa, and rest my case.” Mary Beard - Women and Power

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Connster
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I love this story.

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Connster
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This is SPOT ON! This happened to me too many times in my old workplace. That, coupled with male members of staff claiming credit for my work/ideas and being largely ignored when I suggested new ways of thinking, made for a pretty toxic workplace. The mansplaining was also real, particularly from a person who was new to the job when I‘d already had six years‘ experience. I didn‘t realise until I left and started at a new location. Not again!

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Connster
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Continuing my half term reading with this one. I‘ve only read a few pages but I‘m liking it so far 👊🏼

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Curvybookgirl
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Rented this from the online library app. A very short but insightful read. Definitely gets you thinking.

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Andrea313
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Just a few off my #FebruaryTBR. Like half the world, I can't wait for On the Come up. I'm slower than some to read The Library Book and Women & Power but here I go, finally! And lastly, I've read Meaty but now it's in glorious audiobook format and read by the author, the hilarious, inimitable Samantha Irby. #LiteraryLove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Let me know about !! 12mo
Andrea313 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I've pre-ordered it, and it's slated to arrive on release day! I'm pretty sure I'll tear through it. :) 12mo
vkois88 I NEED to find some Samantha Irby books. I always hear @joscho and @hermyknee praising them, so I need to see what all the fuss is about! 12mo
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hermyknee @vkois88 yes! Her audiobooks are so much fun. You‘ve got to listen to 12mo
Andrea313 @hermyknee @vkois88 I second that! The audiobook of "We Are Never Meeting..." turned me on to Samantha Irby in the first place. Her books are great to read but hearing them in her own voice makes the experience complete. ? 12mo
JoScho Yes do them on audio and start with We Are Never Meeting In Real Life 💛 12mo
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GlassAsDiamonds
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This session was .... a little annoying. Mary Beard and Germaine Greer in a panel conversation but the Festival had dragged in a very smart Indian woman who was aggressively rebuked by an English panelist with clearly no actual idea about the Indian experience of MeToo and she didn‘t speak again. Beard‘s book sounds like a classically grounded and rational feminist treatise well worth the read and she‘s an amazing speaker (as is Greer!!)

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vivastory
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In the final song of Hamilton #WhoLivesWhoDies I was always struck by the lyrics about Eliza's accomplishments after Alexander died. Above are just a few of the recent nonfiction books by extraordinary women about extraordinary women who are only now receiving their long overdue recognition for their achievements & contributions.
#MusicalNewYear
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Nice, Scott!!!! Great post 13mo
vivastory @Cinfhen Thanks! 🙌 13mo
silentrequiem Great post! The last time I listened to the soundtrack, I realized that despite the focus on her husband, Eliza was the real hero of the story. I'm glad she's finally getting her due. 13mo
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Cathythoughts Love this post ♥️👍🏻 13mo
MallenNC Books about women in history who haven't gotten their due are some of my favorites! Great post. 13mo
readordierachel Love your interpretation! 13mo
Moray_Reads Loved Women and Power. I have the other two but haven't read either! 🤦 12mo
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LikelyLibrarian
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“Unpopular, controversial or just plain different views when voiced by a woman are taken as indications of her stupidity. It is not that you disagree, it is that she is stupid: ‘Sorry, love, you just don‘t understand.‘”

I read this short book in one sitting. It is a fascinating, eye opening discussion of power and the social, cultural and political efforts to keep it out of the hands of women. It should be required reading for all young people.

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A slice of pumpkin pie and a #nonficnov read. I didn‘t realize that this was the texts of two speeches Beard gave in 2014 and 2017. As such it‘s only 115 pages long. I‘m almost done with it and I just wish it were longer

tracey38 Mmm, love some pumpkin pie! 1y
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BekaReid
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Adapted from lectures classicist Mary Beard gave at the British Museum in 2014, this slim volume is timely and powerful. The primary subject is female silence. I tabbed so many pages to go back and reflect on, and I might as well have tabbed them all.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I agree, I loved this one too! Very timely! 1y
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BekaReid
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Struggling with jet lag and catching up before returning to work tomorrow after a couple of weeks in southern England so I don't think I'll get much reading in today, but this my modest book haul from the trip. We found several great indie book shops that were fun to explore during our time there.

Stephuhhnieee I just finished A Head Full of Ghosts, and it was mind blowing! 1y
BekaReid @Stephuhhnieee yes! Wasn't it?! 1y
Stephuhhnieee @BekaReid I have so many unanswered questions. I‘m excited for his new book out next July 😬 1y
BekaReid @Stephuhhnieee What new book is that? I know he had a new one released this summer, which I really want to read. I actually had the privilege of hearing him speak on it and read an excerpt while still in the writing process just over a year ago!! 😁 1y
Stephuhhnieee @BekaReid I am jealous, that sounds like it was fabulous! The book is The Growing Things and Other Stories... A collection of nineteen short stories 😍 1y
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catsuit_mango
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After some interesting conversations with my cousins on women and men positioning society and perception... More to think about. Thanks again @TrishB :)

TrishB Glad you‘re enjoying it and a book that provokes conversation is definitely good 👍🏻 1y
catsuit_mango @TrishB I'm always very vocal about those issues and trying to give the other perspective to younger people to improve the future ;) 1y
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GivenLemons
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Again, an uncooperative cat, but too cute not to take a photo! An interesting couple of essays about how our attitudes to women in power mirror those of the ancient Greeks and Romans. #essays #feminism #nonfiction

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Kalalalatja
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Two #shelves I don‘t show off all that often 😄 my non fiction shelf at the top, and my pretty, old books shelf at the bottom 👌

#31bookpics

ju.ca.no Pretty as always😍 1y
BarbaraBB Gorgeous, really 😍😍 1y
ephemeralwaltz Lovely! 1y
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catsuit_mango
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Thank you @TrishB it's a lovely surprise and the book theme is just in my interest on non fiction :) plus I loved that the first bookmark I saw was the paris one :)

Cathythoughts Lovely gifts! Great picture 1y
TrishB Glad it arrived safely 😁 and a great pic 👍🏻 1y
Libby1 Wonderful gifts and fantastic book! 1y
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Soubhiville
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I took a long time to read this. I set it down a few times because the writing especially in the first essay felt really dry. But there is some good information in here, and I would recommend it.

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Lea
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This is a really good, short read exploring the idea that women have been silenced forever and the stories we look to historically enforce that and shape our thinking. Powerful read. #readwoman

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Lea
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I‘m glad to know I‘m not the only one who doesn‘t always call up women in my mind for things. #readwomen #feminist

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Palimpsest
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Nice set of lectures that use myth as examples to show how women were silenced in the past and how easily their ideas are squelched and dismissed today. I would have liked delving into more examples of how women were treated in myths or older literature. Even when they were not entirely at fault it was women such as Medusa pictured above that were punished. Today women who are in high power positions are still labeled/ pictured in news as evil.

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Soubhiville
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Next up for #24in48! Sietje‘s ready for some truth!
I‘m only about 9 hours in this morning. I knew I wouldn‘t be able to devote the full 24 hours this weekend, but I feel good about the time I have been reading!

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Soubhiville
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Here‘s my little stack to draw from for #24in48. I know I don‘t have time to make the full 24 hours this time, but I‘m looking forward to reading when I can! I also have an audiobook for when I need to move around.

Who else is participating? Are you reaching for the full 24 hours?
#24in48readathon #ministack

parttimedomestic Just Kids is amazing! I‘ve made the full 24 hours before, so I hope to again this time! 🤞🏻 1y
Annl I hope to make the 24 hours. I think the audio books will help with that, dog waking etc. good luck! 1y
Hooked_on_books Have a great ‘thon! I have to go into Portland to get my mom to the airport tomorrow, so it‘s not feasible for me to participate this time around. Upside, Powell‘s visit! 1y
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Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books yay, have fun! 1y
RealLifeReading Good luck!! 1y
Bookzombie I would love to make it to 24 hours this time. I even took Monday off to recover. 😁 1y
Soubhiville @Bookzombie good luck! 1y
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CGeorge
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I do enjoy a good feminist manifesto.

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Addison1
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Wrapped this gem up while at Convergence 2018 waiting for PowerPoint Karaoke. 🎤

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Addison1
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Been a busy week what with the play I‘m in having it‘s closing week and getting ready for the fourth and Convergence. A lot of reading to share here. But First! Look what arrived in the mail earlier this week! Thank you @SwedePea ! #booktrade

SwedePea Yay! So glad you got it (sorry for the late reply, I've been away on vacation) 😋 2y
Addison1 No need to apologize for enjoying your free time and tech break! Hope you had a great time! 2y
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