Meetings & Reviews

WBG ECN Feminist Economics Book Club

Book of the Month | Meetings | Reviews
Due to Covid-19, book club meetings were temporarily suspended. As of June they are back up and running online for our ECN members!
27 January 2020



Lambeth Town Hall, London     SW2 1RW

‘Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men’ (Caroline Criado-Perez)

Come join us for a discussion on Caroline Criado-Perez’s brilliant book on how biased data contributes to gender inequality and to a world not suited for women. From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, and the media. Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences.

Read the review here.


27 February 2020


Lambeth Town Hall, London     SW2 1RW



‘Collective bargaining and gender equality’ (Phillinger & Wintour)

In February we’re meeting to discuss the role of collective bargaining in achieving gender equality. What has been the impact of feminisation of unions in changing bargaining agendas? From equal pay and work-life balance to non-discrimination and the spill-over of domestic violence into the workplace, this book explores recent developments across the world of collective agreements working for gender equality.

Read the review here.

March 2020
‘Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist’ (Kate Raworth)

Join us for a discussion on a new economic model that puts human well-being at the forefront while making sure we do not overstretch Earth’s life-supporting systems – fertile soils, clean water, stable climate and a protective ozone layer – on which we all depend.

Read the review here.

April 2020
‘Why Women Will Save the Planet’ (Friends of the Earth & C40 Cities)

This series of essays by city mayors, environmentalists, feminists and academics looks at the contribution women all over the world are making to save our planet and the potential that women’s empowerment has to bring about environmental change.

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May 2020
‘The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Well-being’ (Wilkinson & Pickett)

In May we’re looking at wider issues of inequality: what can more equal societies teach us about well-being and economic growth? Who benefits? And what is the direction of causation – Is it that happier societies are more equal or that equality improves the well-being of its population?

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24 June 2020


To take place on Zoom, currently open exclusively to ECN members

‘The Economy’s Other Half: How taking gender seriously transforms macroeconomics’ (James Heintz)

James Heintz’ important book challenges measurements and concepts of macroeconomics for their disregard of the valuable and quantifiable role that the unpaid work of women for their families contributes to the economy. It also makes the point that the choices made in macroeconomic policies – such as government spending, taxation, monetary policy and financial regulation – have distinct distributive consequences for women and men and can facilitate or impede efforts to achieve gender equality.

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30 July 2020


To take place on Zoom, currently open exclusively to ECN members

‘The Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich’ (Victoria Bateman)

In this passionate and skillfully argued book, leading feminist Victoria Bateman shows how we can understand the burning economic issues of our time if we put sex and gender- ‘the sex factor’- at the heart of the picture. Spanning the globe and drawing on thousands of years of history, Bateman tells a bold story about how the status and freedom of women are central to our prosperity.


27 August 2020


To take place on Zoom, registration open exclusively to ECN members from mid-August

‘Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? A story about women and economics’ (Katrine Marçal)

For two hundred years, economics has argued that the world turns because of self-interest and this logic has spread from the market to how we shop, work and date. But what if our unpaid labour- particularly the work of caring, cleaning and cooking traditionally performed by women- was valued by economics? What would our society look like then?


22 September 2020

7:15-8:30pm BST

To take place on Zoom, registration open exclusively to ECN members from mid-September

‘The Seductions of Quantification: Measuring Human Rights, Gender Violence and Sex Trafficking’ (Sally Engle Merry)

We live in a world where seemingly everything can be measured. We rely on indicators to translate social phenomena into simple, quantified terms, which in turn can be used to guide individuals, organizations, and governments in establishing policy. Yet counting things requires finding a way to make them comparable. And in the process of translating the confusion of social life into neat categories, we inevitably strip it of context and meaning—and risk hiding or distorting as much as we reveal.

With The Seductions of Quantification, leading legal anthropologist Sally Engle Merry investigates the techniques by which information is gathered and analyzed in the production of global indicators on human rights, gender violence, and sex trafficking.


29 October 2020

7:15-8:30pm GMT

To take place on Zoom, registration open exclusively to ECN members from mid-October

‘Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism and Other Arguments for Economic Independence’ (Kristen R. Ghodsee)

Ghodsee, an acclaimed ethnographer and professor of Russian and East European Studies, spent years researching what happened to women in countries that transitioned from state socialism to capitalism. She argues here that unregulated capitalism disproportionately harms women, and that we should learn from the past. By rejecting the bad and salvaging the good, we can adapt some socialist ideas to the 21st century and improve our lives.


26 November 2020

6:00-7:15pm GMT

To take place on Zoom, registration open exclusively to ECN members from mid-November

‘The Sex Economy’ (Monica O’Connor)

Drawing on extensive and detailed research, Monica O’Connor challenges the suggestion that the sale of women’s bodies as commodities can ever be acceptable, and that the male consumer has an acceptable right to buy sexual acts from another person. She disproves the claim that “sex work” is a lucrative occupation for impoverished women and girls that can be considered for regulation as part of the normal economy. She lays bare the harm that “normalising” the sex trade does on women’s lives, gender equality and on society as a whole, and exposes the realities that constrain and control women locked in prostitution, debunking the notions of choice and agency.


16 December 2020

12:00-1:15pm GMT

To take place on Zoom, registration open exclusively to ECN members from early-December

‘Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People’ (Frances Ryan)

In austerity Britain, disabled people have been recast as worthless scroungers. From social care to the benefits system, politicians and the media alike have made the case that Britain’s 12 million disabled people are nothing but a drain on the public purse. In Crippled, journalist and campaigner Frances Ryan exposes the disturbing reality, telling the stories of those most affected by this devastating regime. It is at once both a damning indictment of a safety net so compromised it strangles many of those it catches and a passionate demand for an end to austerity, which hits hardest those most in need.