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The NS Debate: “The only way for more women to succeed is for more men to fail”

The New Statesman Debate at the Cambridge Literary Festival

  • Sunday, 15. April 2018
  • Cambridge Union, 9A Bridge Street, CB2 1UB

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In Parliament, in the boardroom, on the airwaves – men still dominate positions of power and influence. Do we need a radical approach: quotas to promote women, compensation for unpaid care work and a cull of over-privileged ‘Great White Males’? Or do we need to be more nuanced and less divisive? Perhaps there is plenty of room at the table, and men don’t need to ‘lean out’ to allow women to ‘lean in’. In 2018 we are celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage, but this debate will address the elephant in the room: what more is needed before we achieve true gender equality?


Speaking for the motion

Julie Bindel, activist, journalist, co-founder of the law-reform group Justice for Women and author of books including The Pimping of Prostitution

James Millar, political commentator and author of The Gender Agenda

Suzanne Moore, journalist and founding member of the Women’s Equality Party


Speaking against the motion

Nazir Afzal, former Chief Crown Prosecutor for north-west England, responsible for prosecuting the Rochdale grooming gang in 2012

Dr Jill Armstrong, Researcher for the “Collaborating with Men” project; Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

Jo Swinson, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats and author of Equal Power: And How You Can Make It Happen


Chaired by Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor, New Statesman


Timings Sunday 15th April 2018, 16:00-17:00

Location Cambridge Union Chamber, Cambridge Union, 9A Bridge Street, CB2 1UB

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