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Festival of Ideas: Laura Bates - The Everyday Sexism Project SOLD OUT

The Everyday Sexism Project was founded by writer and activist Laura Bates in April 2012. It started out as a website where people could share their experiences of daily, normalised sexism, from street harassment to workplace discrimination to sexual assault and rape. Despite having no funding or advertising, it quickly became a viral sensation, attracting international press attention, and putting the problem of sexism and gender imbalance firmly on the international media agenda, helping to spark a new wave of feminism in the UK. Laura Bates talks about her experiences, the offline projects, such as working in schools and universities, the collaboration with the British Transport Police and the tricky business of being a woman with an online and public profile.

Fee: £7.00 full/ £6.00 concessions. This event has now SOLD OUT - to join the waiting list please call Box Office on 0117 927 5100.

Biography

Laura Bates writes regularly for the Guardian and the Independent and her work has appeared in the Financial Times, Grazia, Red Magazine and the New Statesman among others. She regularly speaks at schools, universities and other organisations across the country and internationally as part of the Project's grassroots outreach work in creating a cultural shift in attitudes towards women and sexual violence. Laura is also Contributor for Women Under Siege, a New York-based organisation working against the use of rape as a tool of war in conflict zones worldwide.

She was named one of the Huffington Post's 'Most inspirational women of 2012' and a Woman of the Year 2013 by Cosmopolitan and the Sunday Times. The Guardian named her as a 'Rising Star' to watch in 2014. The Sunday Times, Observer and Guardian have all named her one of the leading figures of the "New Generation of Feminists". She was named one of the 50 most influential Left-Wingers in the UK by the Telegraph and one of the 50 top tweeters to follow by the Times.

In 2014, Laura will become Patron of Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support, SARSAS (formerly Bristol Rape Crisis). Laura's first book, Everyday Sexism, will be published by Simon and Schuster in Spring 2014. Follow her on Twitter @EverydaySexism.


Festival of Ideas 2014

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