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Laura Bates

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Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality, with branches in 25 countries worldwide. She is the author of Everyday Sexism, the Sunday Times bestseller Girl Up, Misogynation, The Burning, Men Who Hate Women and Fix the System, Not the Women.

Laura Bates is a feminist activist and writer, regularly contributing to the Guardian and the New York Times amongst others and won a British Press Award in 2015. She works closely with politicians, businesses, schools, police forces and organisations from the Council of Europe to the United Nations to tackle gender inequality. She was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to gender equality in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2015, awarded the Internet and Society Award by the Oxford Internet Institute, and has been named woman of the year by Cosmopolitan, Red Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine.

She is a contributor at Women Under Siege, a New York-based project tackling rape in conflict worldwide and she is patron of SARSAS, Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support.

In 2018 she published Letters to the Future with Owen Sheers.

Image credit: Siggi Holm

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