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This brilliantly witty and expert book explains why capitalism is rigged against women and what to do about it

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'Wonderful ... a joyous read' Observer / 'Capitalism’s triumph is a calamity for most women. Kristen Ghodsee’s incisive book brilliantly reveals their plight’ Yanis Varoufakis
The argument of this book can be summed up succinctly: unregulated capitalism is bad for women, and if we adopt some ideas from socialism, women will have better lives.

If done properly, socialism leads to economic independence, better labour conditions, better work/family balance, and, yes, even better sex.

That’s it. If you like the idea of such outcomes, then come along for an exploration of how we might change things.

If you are dubious because you don’t understand why capitalism as an economic system is uniquely bad for women, and if you doubt that there could ever be anything good about socialism, this short treatise will provide some illumination.

If you don’t give a whit about women’s lives because you’re a gynophobic right-wing internet troll, save your money and get back to your parents’ basement right now; this isn’t the book for you.

Reviews

Wonderful … Kristen Ghodsee doesn’t wear rose-tinted spectacles … but she seeks with great brio and nuance to lay out what some socialist states achieved for women … That Ghodsee also makes this a joyous read is the cherry on the cake

Suzanne Moore, Observer

Ghodsee’s book could not have been published at a better moment ... There are many reasons to revisit socialist policies in a time of widening inequality, but a feminist perspective offers some of the most powerful incentives

Emily Witt, Guardian

Convincing, provocative and useful

Times Higher Education

Capitalism’s triumph is a calamity for most women. Kristen Ghodsee’s incisive book brilliantly reveals their plight

Yanis Varoufakis

This book is funny, angry and urgent – it's going to make readers think very differently about how they work, and how they live. Ghodsee is going to start a revolution. I'm already making a placard

Daisy Buchanan, author of How To Be a Grown-Up

In exploring what is needed to achieve genuine equality for women, this book provides a valuable insight

Bruni De La Motte, Morning Star

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781847925602

    November 19, 2018

    Bodley Head

    240 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • Hardback

    9781847925596

    November 15, 2018

    Bodley Head

    240 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • Paperback

    9781529110579

    June 6, 2019

    Vintage

    224 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    9781473563896

    June 6, 2019

    Vintage Digital

    240 pages

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