Laura Bates is the activist and best-selling author of Everyday Sexism (shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year) and The Sunday Times bestsellers Girl Up and Misogynation. She is a leading voice on the subject of Gender Equality and has worked with some of the biggest companies around the world to tackle inequality and misogyny, particularly in the workplace.
About Laura Bates
Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 100,000 testimonies of misogyny and gender inequality. Scarily, the number of submissions to this collection are ever-growing. In addition, Laura writes regularly for the New York Times and Guardian and is a frequent media commentator and consultant for TV productions tackling issues around gender inequality.
Laura Bates works closely with everyone from politicians, businesses, schools, and organisations to the Council of Europe and the United Nations. Her overall aim is to increase equality and diversity in each and every one of these different spheres of society.
Laura’s many successes throughout the course of her career include incredible feats such as persuading Facebook to change its policies on rape and domestic abuse content, putting sexual consent and healthy relationships on the school curriculum and improving the way in which the British Transport Police respond to incidents of sexual violence.
In recognition of Laura’s work, she was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, participated in President Obama’s White House Summit on the United State of Women and has been named Woman of the Year by Cosmopolitan, Red Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine. She has also been named on the Woman’s Hour Power List and was one of the BBC’s inaugural 100 Women. Laura is an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge, and Vice President of the Hay Literary Festival.
Laura is in high demand as a keynote speaker, regularly being asked to speak to some of the world’s biggest companies, including Google, the World Trade Organisation, Viacom, Paramount Pictures, 5×15 and UBS.
- Gender Equality
- Activism and Social Justice
- Culture and Society
- Women’s Issues