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Mary Beard’s new book charts the deep-rooted history of keeping women silent

From Virgil to Henry James, Beard reflects on how women’s words have long been viewed as mere noise

By Jessica Abrahams   January 2018

We know there are fewer women in positions of power—in politics, the judiciary, business—than men. We know that women are less likely to speak up, and that when they do they are less likely to be listened to.

What Mary Beard reveals so eloquently in less than 100 pages is the ancient foundations of these conditions—how so much of the way that women are treated now can be found reflected in classical stories. A Roman anthologist of the first century…

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