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A research and teaching guide for all themes and discussions for "Women and Power" by Mary Beard. Created for the One Book One Campus One Community Initiative for academic year 2018-2019.

Dates of Events

Monday, November 5, 6pm in Bergland Auditorium

Sponsored by the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center

Please join us in a *FREE* movie screening of the documentary film "He Named Me Malala," an intimate look into the family life of Malala Yousafzai, the iconic Pakistani activist. Learn about her story of resilience: surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban while advocating for young girls and women to attend school.

Speaker Series:
“Empowered Women in Business”
Friday, November 16, 3:30 p.m., John W. Anderson Library Conference Center, Room 105ABC

Sponsored by the School of Business and Economics

In this engaging session, IU Kokomo School of Business faculty members, Gloria Preece and Gabby VanAlstine, will discuss the systemic and cultural challenges women may face as leaders, and share their advice on how to leverage authenticity and awareness to foster success and professional fulfillment. Best suited for young professionals and aspiring leaders, participants in this session will receive a host of resources to help develop strong networks and mentor relationships, and leverage their strengths and communicate effectively.

Our 2018-2019 Selection

At long last, Mary Beard addresses in one brave book the misogynists and trolls who mercilessly attack and demean women the world over, including, very often, Mary herself. In Women & Power, she traces the origins of this misogyny to its ancient roots, examining the pitfalls of gender and the ways that history has mistreated strong women since time immemorial. As far back as Homer’s Odyssey, Beard shows, women have been prohibited from leadership roles in civic life, public speech being defined as inherently male. 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―and how powerful women provide a necessary example for all women who must resist being vacuumed into a male template. With personal reflections on her own online experiences with sexism, 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?

In this guide...

Book Resources: Websites, articles, videos, and other resources for Women and Power: a Manifesto

About the Author: Resources, bio, and interviews of Mary Beard

Classroom Resources: Links and documents for faculty to use in classes

About One Book...One Campus...One Community: Read the history of this initiative, committee member list, and make a book suggestion

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