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Angela Saini: The Patriarchs


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Join award-winning science journalist Angela Saini in search of the true roots of gendered oppression, as she untangles the complex history of patriarchal systems embedded in societies across the globe.

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In her latest book The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule, award-winning science journalist Angela Saini explores the science and history of male dominance, arguing that patriarchy is neither natural nor inevitable, but rather a fragile system that is constantly remade and reasserted.

This August, join Saini in conversation with Karen Pickering for a bold conversation interrogating why, how and where patriarchy manifests and persists. She will discuss the ways patriarchies are established and evolve over time, explore matrilineal systems that have been subverted by colonialism, and look beyond old narratives to understand why the patriarchy persists today.

Presented in partnership with the Victorian Women’s Trust


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The bookseller for this event is Readings.


Broadly Speaking

Join us for Broadly Speaking – a series of deep dives into feminism and gender. Featuring brilliant local and international feminist thinkers talking culture, media, matriarchy, law, health, sex, sovereignty and more.

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Angela Saini

Angela Saini is an award-winning British journalist and author based in New York. She presents radio and television programmes, and her writing has appeared in National Geographic, New Scientist, and Wired. She was a spring 2022 Logan Nonfiction Program Fellow and a 2022 fellow of the Humbol... Read more

Karen Pickering

Karen Pickering is a feminist writer and organiser. Her previous work includes running the events Cherchez La Femme and Girls On Film Festival, writing the books About Bloody Time and Doing It, and her next book on motherhood shock and the resulting trauma will be published by Pantera Press. She is ... Read more


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