Of Women: Shami Chakrabarti delivers the first of the 2018 Coleridge Lectures with an examination of gender injustice, an ancient and continuing wrong that is millennial in duration and global in reach.

Shami Chakrabarti

Photo credit: Roddy Paine

This blog provides links for background information for this event, which takes place on 3 April 2018.

Reviews of Of Women: In the 21st Century

The Guardian: Of Women: In the 21st Century by Shami Chakrabarti review – priorities for feminism in the 21st century – Gaby Hinsliff 26 October 2017

Too much of what is written and published about women in Britain is really written about and for a certain kind of woman – middle class, reasonably well educated, quite often white, fascinated by culture wars and symbols but rather less so by gritty economic issues – and makes only guilty passing acknowledgment of everyone else. But Chakrabarti draws in every chapter on stories from India or Kenya or Latin America as well as home. While these examples don’t necessarily lead her to any radically different conclusions about what’s wrong with the lot of women, at least for once we are seeing the problem in 3D.

New Internationalist: Our favourite books of the month: December – 20 December 2017

Chakrabarti declares herself an optimist – and this is ultimately a hopeful book. Among the litany of injustice, she offers tough, practical solutions such as time-limited affirmative action or boycotts of gendered-toymakers. If just half of her ideas were put into practice, gender equality could be well within reach.

Interviews with Shami Chakrabarti

The Guardian: Shami Chakrabarti: ‘I’m not a fighty person. But sometimes you have to pick a side’ – Decca Aitkenhead 13 October 2017

“I think evidence and argument do change people’s minds. I don’t think it’s all post-fact now. I think we are creatures of logic and emotion, and some of the facts are pretty devastating. And I would challenge somebody not to be moved emotionally as well as logically. It’s symptomatic of us being bottom of the pile. This affects rich women, poor women, black women, white women, women in the first world, women in the developing world. I call it an apartheid – and I do not use the term lightly.”

The Guardian: Fiercest of rivals, best of friends: cross-party pals in parliament – Gaby Hinsliff 15 October 2017

I’m happy to be brave in argument, but it’s not brave to be nasty.

Huck Magazine: Shami Chakrabarti: I’ve seen ‘profound bullying’ in Parliament – A macho culture – Dominque Sisley 25 October 2017

It’s worth taking risks. It’s worth getting stuck in. I would say that my personal motto is ‘anyone’s equal, no one’s superior.’ It is possible to be confident without being arrogant.

Refinery 29: Shami Chakrabarti: Gender Injustice Is “An Apartheid” For Men And Women – Natalie Gil 11 December 2017

For a campaign for justice of any kind to work well, and I remember it with race equality and gay equality movements, what you need is a combination of the high-profile news stories and celebrities, but also the conversations in people’s living rooms, the demonstrations on the streets, the action in terms of politics and legislation and the storylines in soap operas. In any serious campaign for justice, you have to come at it from a number of different angles and everybody can play their part.

Article by Shami Chakrabarti

The Guardian: Shami Chakrabarti on books to inspire activism

When I was young, reading allowed me to learn from previous generations. Now, it enables me to listen to and benefit from the wisdom and experience of the young

Listen Again: Shami Chakrabarti at the Festival of Ideas in 2014/

Drawing on her own work in high-profile campaigns, from privacy laws to anti-terror legislation, Shami Chakrabarti shows the threats to our democratic institutions and why our rights are paramount in upholding democracy.