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Angela Saini: How Men Came to Rule

5 September 2023
6.30pm – 7.30pm AEST
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Angela Saini | Rosalind Dixon 

Has the patriarchy always prevailed? We tend to see gendered oppression as a universal truth, but in her radical new book, The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule, Angela Saini argues that the history of this deep-rooted hierarchy is a little more complicated…  

In conversation with UNSW Sydney legal expert Rosalind Dixon, journalist Angela Saini will take us on a journey through time, tracing back through the complex history of the patriarchy – from its origins in the world's earliest human settlements to its global spread across diverse societies. Drawing on the latest research findings in science, archaeology, and cultural studies, Saini dismantles the status quo to reveal how the patriarchy varies from country to country, and culture to culture.  

Embrace a radical vision for tomorrow with Angela Saini as she looks to a future emancipated from the shackles of inequality. 

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and supported by The Wheeler Centre and Canberra Writers Festival


This event will be available on the UNSW Centre for Ideas website with closed captions available. A link to watch the digital event will be sent two hours prior to the event to registered attendees. 





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Angela Saini

Angela Saini

Angela Saini is an award-winning British journalist and author based in New York. She presents radio and television programmes, and her writing has appeared in National Geographic, New Scientist, and Wired. Her latest book The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule was published in 2023, and is a finalist for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing. Her last two books Superior: The Return of Race Science and Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong have been translated into 14 languages and are on university reading lists across the world. As the founder and chair of the 'Challenging Pseudoscience' group at the Royal Institution, Angela researches and campaigns around issues of misinformation and disinformation. 

Rosalind Dixon

Rosalind Dixon

Rosalind Dixon is a Professor of Law and Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW Sydney. She is a graduate of UNSW and Harvard, and has taught at law schools around the world – including Harvard, Columbia, the University of Chicago and the National University Singapore, and is the author of the book, with Richard Holden, From Free to Fair Markets: Liberalism after COVID. She is passionate about law and politics, and currently Director of the Pathways to Politics for Women Program at NSW. 

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