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Soraya Chemaly: Rage Becomes Her


Tired? Stressed? Women, you’ll feel better on … rage.

Women are taught from girlhood to suppress anger. But US-based writer and activist Soraya Chemaly believes embracing and channelling women’s anger is key to gender equality and freedom.

Her new book, Rage Becomes Her examines the subtle and not-so-subtle social mechanisms by which female anger is stymied and redirected throughout the course of women’s lives. It also investigates the costs of this: to individual women, to particular groups of women, to all women and to all of society. It’s a book that looks at parenting, reproductive rights, women’s health, #metoo and political participation – proposing anger as a potential tool for practical change.

Rage Becomes Her is a battle cry, backed up by meticulous research. Come to the Wheeler Centre in March, armed with pen, paper and a lifetime of pent-up personal fury.

Readings will be our bookseller for this event.


Soraya Chemaly

Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. She is the Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and an advocate for women’s freedom of expression and expanded civic and political engagement.... Read more

Amy Gray

Amy Gray is a freelance writer and author. She writes on politics, feminism and culture. Her work has appeared in the Age, the Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday Paper and other publications. Amy is currently writing a book about motherhood and feminism. ... Read more


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