On Thursday January 9 from took place the first meeting of the IE Women Book Reading Club on Mary Beard’s “Women & Power: A Manifesto” book.
Carmen Morales, Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR at IE, took the lead of the presentation in an inspiring and awareness-raise session.
Historian Mary Beard presents a bold manifesto for women’s liberty, exploring the deep roots of misogyny and offering a revolutionary roadmap for change. This book is a compilation of two of the speeches she delivered the first in 2014 and the second one in 2017. Beard meditates on the relationship between Women and Power with examples of current day politics, history, the classical world myths, and literature in order to retell stories of women’s power, re-evaluate what power is.
Beard considers the public voice of women, our cultural assumptions about women’s relationship with power, and how powerful women resist being packaged into a male template. With personal reflections on her own experiences on sexism and gender assaults, she has endured online, Mary asks: ‘If women aren’t perceived to be within the structures of power, isn’t it power that we need to redefine?’
The discussion in the Book Club followed three main threads: “What are the big topics in the book”; “Can you connect this to your life?” and “Does this book inspired you?”
Based on these guiding questions, professor Morales superbly conducted the presentation enabling the attendants diving into their personal scenarios and experiences as well as looking at public figures. A lovely way to learn and understand each other, including the fact that Beard’s book have particular resonance in light of the movement #MeToo.
Professor Morales turned the book into a very insightful session. The interpretation of the stories in our own lives were such an inspiration, that it should empower and excite us all to take part in the Book Club, whose task is to create a dialog and support one another on these new ventures.
Thank you Carmen Morales for sharing your knowledge and your broad experience with all of us.
Please note that the reading of the books is not mandatory to attend the meetings, although it is recommended.