Posts tagged ‘Feminism’

October 17, 2018

Eve was Shamed – How British Justice is Failing Women by Helena Kennedy

by Team Riverside

Hardback, Chatto & Windus, £20, published 11 October 2018

Eve was Shamed is a timely and comprehensive update on women as they engage with Helena Kennedy EVE WAS SHAMEDthe UK’s criminal justice system, from a legendary feminist human rights lawyer.  The depth of her experience over years of legal practice and activism makes this a must-read. You don’t have to agree with everything she says to benefit from her thoughtful and erudite commentary.

17 years after I first read her classic book on women and the law Eve was Framed, Eve was Shamed shows where we have made progress and where so much remains to be done.  Her account includes experiences of women lawyers, survivors of domestic or sexual violence, prisoners, judges, and others.  She finds that “despite the dramatic changes which have taken place in women’s lives over the last four decades, women are still facing iniquitous judgements and injustice within the legal system.  All the legal reforms have produced only marginal advances”.  (p. 317)

Kennedy’s dual commitment to feminism and to human rights is particularly interesting.  Her values inform her approach to her work, including her analysis of difficult or controversial situations in public life.  She recounts occasions when this has led to conflict with people she has been allies with, and it is evident that she values the process of discussion and exchange that leads to resolution, even where this is uncomfortable or challenging.  She notes: “feminism is about justice if it is about anything, and that means for men as well as women.  Justice for women is not secured by reducing justice for men.” (p. 324)

She has lost none of her passion or commitment on the things that matter to her, making her a useful model for how to survive and remain effective during bleak times.  Her considered solutions to problems are offered throughout, and this means that despite the subject matter you feel that real change is possible.  Jacky Fleming’s inspirational cartoon remains helpful (see https://www.jackyfleming.co.uk/product/never-give-up/).

Review by Bethan

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February 6, 2018

Happy Suffrage Centenary!

by Team Riverside

We are delighted to be celebrating 100 years of women having the vote.  Our main window is full of great stuff in honour of the celebration.  Our children’s display also Riverside shop window with books by womenlooks great.

Among our feminist favourites in store today are:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – We Should All Be Feminists

Mary Beard – Women and Power: a Manifesto

Juno Dawson – The Gender Games

Audre Lorde – Your Silence Will Not Protect You

Diane Atkinson – Rise Up, Women!  The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes

Eve Lloyd Knight and Louise Kay Stewart – Rebel Voices: the Rise of Votes for Women

Roxane Gay – Bad Feminist

Catherine Mayer – Attack of the 50 ft. women: How Gender Equality Can Change the World

Margot Lee Shetterley – Hidden Figures

Ensaf Haider – Raif Badawi: the Voice of Freedom

Malala Yousafzai – I am Malala: the Girl Who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

Kate Pankhurst – Fantastically Great Women Who Made History

Kate Pankhurst – Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

Penguin Mini Classics – The Suffragettes

Mary Wollstonecraft – A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Laura Bates – Everyday Sexism

Maggie Nelson – The Argonauts

Sally Nicholls – Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Libby Jackson – A Galaxy of her Own: Amazing Stories of Women in Space

Jo Swinson – Equal Power and How You Can Make it Happen

Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo – Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

Deborah Levy – Things I Don’t Want to Know

March 8, 2014

A Very Short Introduction

by Andre

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