Magazine article New Internationalist

Of Women – in the 21st Century

Magazine article New Internationalist

Of Women – in the 21st Century

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Of Women – In the 21st Century by Shami Chakrabarti (Allen Lane, ISBN 978-0-241-29634-9)

Campaigning lawyer Shami Chakrabarti has penned her crisp, contemporary treatise on the rights of women in the first person. Consequently, Of Women reads much as the former head of Liberty speaks - punchy, passionate and fiercely rational. In just 200 pages she covers: sex-based abortion, dowries and bride prices; misogynistic abuse spawned by the internet and the heroism of Kurdish women who fought ISIS; and, of course, education, work and love.

This encyclopaedic treatment means that much will be familiar to the well-schooled feminist, but there are reflections that seem more original here too. Transgender women, she says, should be welcomed as 'to jealously protect our particular victimhood is to make harder our escape.' Social-media spaces are privately-owned, she notes. …

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