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  • Fix the System, Not the Women

  • By: Laura Bates
  • Narrated by: Laura Bates
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Too often, we blame women. For walking home alone at night. For not demanding a seat at the table. For not overcoming the odds that are stacked against them. 

This distracts us from the real problem: the failings and biases of a society that was not built for women. In this explosive book, feminist writer and activist Laura Bates exposes the systemic prejudice at the heart of five of our key institutions.

Education

Politics

Media

Policing

Criminal justice

Combining stories with shocking evidence, Fix the System, Not the Women is a blazing examination of sexual injustice and a rallying cry for reform.

©2022 Laura Bates (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, UK

Critic reviews

"I read this with great optimism and hope." (Dr Pragya Agarwal)

"Powerful...a summary of the injustices women face." (Sunday Times

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Another wonderful, impactful book by Laura Bates

I think I’ve read every nonfiction book Bates has written, and a lot of other feminist works. All of Bates’ work is so thoroughly researched and clearly written and she is the best author I’ve come across both for stirring my emotions, validating and putting into context my own experiences and helping me to learn more about the experiences of other women and girls through always considering intersectionality that isn’t visible to me as a white, middle class woman. In this book she puts all that into even more context exploring the structure and systems that hold us all back from progress. I can’t recommend her writing enough, and I wish everyone, especially law makers, would read this book and heed its advice. Thankyou Laura for your words, bravery and hard work.

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Recommend: A worthwhile read

Depressing reality but a necessary education. Should be compulsory for teachers, lecturers and MPs. Well researched, written and read by Laura Bates. Thank you for doing the work.

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fantastic eye opening read

would recommend to all. a very eye opening book for me, with a very important and powerful message

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An important listen/read

This gets uncomfortable - in terms of - yes, I have felt this, I have had this done to me etc. The data is alarming but deep down I knew these statistics. This exposes the system and has made me feel empowered. I hope it brings up a younger generation of men and women to break this system but also hope it challenges those who can start to make change now.

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Hits a nerve

I think this book is very important, it hits the nail of the female experience on the head. I could identify with it massively as a woman and I think any man reading it would learn a lot about the world seen through the eyes of women or girls. I would urge you to read it. It hit a nerve and although it is mainly UK-based it referenced Irish experiences too. If you have a female in your life please read this and try make the system and world a better place for us all

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A must read

Everyone should read this well researched and jaw droppingly brilliant book. It covers how the systems of education, policing, criminal justice, politics and media are constantly failing women and minority groups. Laura Bates is articulate, impassioned and careful in evidencing all her findings. A frightening, depressing but compulsive read.

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Such truth

I loved this audiobook! So much truth about what happens to us as women every day. It has led me to the action that I can do more.

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makes you realise you aren't going mad!

I loved this. Laura is soo brilliant at being clear and concise and giving you the facts and figures in a way that makes you realise the system is screwed.... but for real. . not just coz you have a bad day and get annoyed.

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Incredibly enlightening but equally infuriating

Laura reads her book with passion and it is incredibly powerful to hear. I’m furious and I have been for some time but I will spread her words to infuriate even more people and demand change. For women’s sake, for our girls and for our boys. Thank you Laura for your beautifully articulated work

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Despise when the author reads the book

It is such a shame when the author insists on reading . It’s an actors job.