Wednesday • August 8 • 6pm
U District store
Join True Grace book club for a lively discussion of this month’s book.
Mary Beard traces the origins of misogyny to its ancient roots in Women and Power. As far back as Homer’s Odyssey, women have been prohibited from leadership roles in civic life. From Medusa to Philomela (whose tongue was cut out), from Hillary Clinton to Elizabeth Warren (who was told to sit down), Beard draws illuminating parallels between our cultural assumptions about women’s relationship to power. Beard asks: If women aren’t perceived to be within the structure of power, isn’t it power itself we need to redefine? And how many more centuries should we be expected to wait?
A professor of classics at Cambridge University, Mary Beard is the author of the best-selling SPQR and Women & Power and the National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated Confronting the Classics. A popular blogger and television personality, Beard is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.