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'An astute and persuasive page-turner' OBSERVER


'I challenge any man to read this and still deny there's a problem' NEW STATESMAN

Too often, we blame women. For walking home alone at night. For not demanding a seat at the table. For not overcoming the odds that are stacked against them.

This distracts us from the real problem: the failings and biases of a society that was not built for women. In this explosive book, feminist writer and activist Laura Bates exposes the systemic prejudice at the heart of five of our key institutions.

Criminal justice

Combining stories with shocking evidence, Fix the System, Not the Women is a blazing examination of sexual injustice and a rallying cry for reform.

'A blistering manifesto for change' Dr PRAGYA AGARWAL

'I am in awe of Laura Bates . . . her writing is nothing short of perfect' SOFIE HAGEN, author of Happy Fat

‘Finish the book furious – before rallying for the next fight’ GRAZIA Latest Must-Reads

About The Author

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Laura Bates studied English at Cambridge University and went on to be a freelance journalist. She has written for the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, Red Magazine and Grazia among others. She is also contributor at Women Under Siege, a New-York based organisation working to combat the use of sexual violence as a tool of war in conflict zones worldwide. She is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (April 13, 2023)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398523401

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Raves and Reviews

‘Entertaining and informative. Its perfectly intelligent advice is in dire need of being put into practice. Get your daughters to read this, but only after your partners and sons have finished it’

– Jo Brand

'I inhaled this. It is INCREDIBLE. Absolute perfection'

– Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed

'An astute and persuasive page-turner, a clear-sighted, compelling examination of injustice'

– Observer

‘An urgent and important book. I read it with rage and anger at the injustices and inequalities, at how women are shamed and how they internalise this shame, and how they are held responsible for creating change rather than holding the systems and societal structures accountable for their oppression. But in the end, I read this with great optimism and hope. Because if we need to change this world, for us, and for our daughters, we have to fix the system. And this book is a blistering manifesto for this change'

– Dr Pragya Agarwal

‘Powerful . . . a summary of the injustices women face — and the way that these interact with other forms of prejudice’

– Sunday Times

'I am in awe of Laura Bates and her ability to perfectly balance facts and her personal experiences, opinions and emotions. Her writing is nothing short of perfect'

– Sofie Hagen, author of Happy Fat

Timely. Buy it for the men in your life

– Press Association

'An almighty roar of a book'

– Terri White, author of Coming Undone

I challenge any man to read this book and still deny there’s a problem

– New Statesman

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