UWE researcher publishes 'a new (wo)manifesto for feminists'

Issue date: 24 February 2015

A ground- breaking book, by a researcher at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is already being praised ahead of the launch on 23 February 2015.

'Radical Feminism' authored by Dr Finn Mackay and published by Palgrave will be launched at the Southbank Centre in London as part of the annual Women of the World Festival. There is also a launch at the Festival of Ideas in Bristol in April.

Dr Mackay states that feminist activism is enjoying a global resurgence. She said, “A new wave of feminists are taking to the streets in protest against rape, abuse, prostitution and inequality, and asserting a powerful new vision for women's liberation. The future of feminism has become a global march for justice and action demanding an end to male violence against women.”

Regarded as one of the leading feminist activists of our generation, Dr Mackay advances a radical and pioneering feminist manifesto for today's audience that exposes the real reasons why women are still oppressed and what feminist activism must do to counter it.

Through a vibrant and original account of the global 'Reclaim the Night' march and drawing on interviews with activists from across the generations, this book confronts the controversial issues facing men, women and feminism in contemporary society.

Translating classic texts and charting the changes and challenges of the feminist movement from the 1970s onwards, Mackay argues that feminist activism continues to be urgent and relevant today.

Reviews for the book in advance of the launch are resoundingly positive:

'A book written by a key feminist activist and reviver of the movement' -Julie Bindel , journalist, author and founder of Justice for Women

'Tireless activist and rigorous philosopher Finn Mackay takes on the hot-button issues in this new book. She has a way with words that breathes new life into Radical Feminism.' - Susan Brownmiller, author of Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape

'Today's younger feminists will find this new book useful and inspiring. This is the kind of book that soon-to-be wonder women have on the shelves for years to come with pride. I would recommend this book to all new to feminism and those of us that want to give the next generation something to ensure they start on the right foot. I will be buying one for my niece.' Nimco Ali, Daughters of Eve and The Girl Project

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