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The Future of Feminism

Festival of Ideas


● Fully booked

Sunday 5 May 2019
4.30 — 5.30pm

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Candice Carty-Williams, Laura Bates, Natalie Haynes and Yomi Adegoke.

Leading feminists Yomi Adegoke, Laura Bates, Candice Carty-Williams and Natalie Haynes discuss what it means to be a woman in the in the era of Trump and #MeToo and how they see the future of feminism.

What does it mean to be a feminist in the 21st century? Four leading writers discuss how feminism has changed over the last two decades, whether all women should consider themselves feminists, and the challenges that women still face today. The debate is chaired by the author and broadcaster Bidisha and panellists include the writer Yomi Adegoke, comedian, author and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes, author Candice Carty-Williams, and writer and founder of the Everyday Sexism project, Laura Bates.

Yomi Adegoke, at the age of 27, is a multi award-winning journalist and author. Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, written with co-author Elizabeth Uviebinene, and published last year, was the subject of a bidding war by nine publishers. Billed as a self-help manual for young black women who want to get ahead – it’s the book that offers the kind of advice she wished had been available to her growing up. This year she was listed as one of most influential people in London by the Evening Standard.

Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and the author of Sunday Times bestseller Girl Up, and Misogynation. In 2018 she published Letters to the Future with Owen Sheers. She works closely with politicians, businesses, schools and even the police to tackle gender inequality. She was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to gender equality in 2015 and named woman of the year by Cosmopolitan, Red Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine.

Candice Carty-Williams is an author, book marketer and sometime journalist based in south London; she has written for the Guardian, i-D and Refinery29. Born in 1989, the result of an affair between a Jamaican cab driver and a Jamaican-Indian dyslexic receptionist, Candice worked in the media before moving into publishing aged 23. In 2016, Candice created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, before moving to Vintage Books. Her first novel Queenie will be coming out in March 2019.

Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of The Amber Fury, which was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize; The Children of Jocasta, a feminist retelling of the Oedipus and Antigone stories; and a non-fiction book, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. She has written and presented four series of the BBC Radio 4 show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. In 2015, she was awarded the Classical Association Prize for her work in bringing Classics to a wider audience. Her third novel, A Thousand Ships, will be published in May 2019.

This event will be followed by a Q&A.

This event will be followed by a book signing with Candice Carty-Williams, Laura Bates and Natalie Haynes in the Burlington Gardens entrance hall, outside Pace Gallery

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Sunday 5 May 2019

4.30 — 5.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£12, £8