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The Sex Factor

How Women Made the West Rich

Victoria Bateman



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Polity Press
29 March 2019
Feminism & feminist theory; Economics & Business; Behavioural economics
Why did the West become so rich? Why is inequality rising? How 'free' should markets be? And what does sex have to do with it?

In this passionate and skilfully argued book, leading feminist Victoria Bateman shows how we can only understand the burning economic issues of our time if we put sex and gender - 'the sex factor' - at the heart of the picture. Spanning the globe and drawing on thousands of years of history, Bateman tells a bold story about how the status and freedom of women are central to our prosperity. Genuine female empowerment requires us not only to recognize the liberating potential of markets and smart government policies but also to challenge the double-standard of many modern feminists when they celebrate the brain while denigrating the body.

This iconoclastic book is a devastating expose of what we have lost from ignoring 'the sex factor' and of how reversing this neglect can drive the smart economic policies we need today.
By:   Victoria Bateman
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   388g
ISBN:   9781509526772
ISBN 10:   1509526773
Pages:   248
Publication Date:   29 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Victoria Bateman is a fellow and lecturer in economics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. She has led calls for a sexual revolution in economics as well as conducting various high profile 'naked protests' to highlight the marginalization of women's bodies in public life.

Reviews for The Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich

'Ever controversial, Victoria Bateman's new book will cause a stir. While fun and engaging, it also packs a serious punch and explodes the myth that economics is gender neutral. If you are passionate about economics and feminism, this is well worth a read.' Ayesha Hazarika, former special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband; political commentator, broadcaster and stand-up comedian 'It always was insane to think of markets and the public sphere as independent of life in the home and the private sphere. Yet male economists after Adam Smith -- not Smith himself -- spread the insanity. In her crystal-clear yet scholarly book Victoria Bateman provides a sane alternative. Read it, and you'll know how we all, men and women together, became free and rich and, we hope, a little bit saner.' Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Bourgeois Equality '[Victoria Bateman is] a bold, intelligent and original thinker... the Lady Godiva de nos jours.' The Amorist

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