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Published by Polity Books
Commentary on The Sex Factor
'The transformation in the role of woman is the most important social and economic revolution of our time. In this thought-provoking book, Bateman, an academic at Cambridge, notorious for her "naked protests", argues that the transformation in our thinking has not gone nearly far enough, especially in economics. She argues that "women's freedom is vital for economic prosperity. It boosts wages, skills, savings and entrepreneurial spirit, and it delivers a democratic and capable state." Bateman is a feminist, but she believes, against many feminists, that markets "have...been central to building women's freedom". She is right.'
Martin Wolf, Financial Times
'It always was insane to think of markets and the public sphere as independent of life in the home and the private sphere. Yet male economists after Adam Smith -- not Smith himself -- spread the insanity. In her crystal-clear yet scholarly book Victoria Bateman provides a sane alternative. Read it, and you'll know how we all, men and women together, became free and rich and, we hope, a little bit saner.'
Deirdre McCloskey, University of Illinois at Chicago, author of Bourgeois Equality
'[Victoria Bateman is] a bold, intelligent and original thinker... the Lady Godiva de nos jours.'
'A spirited exposure of the way that economics neglects gender, enlivened by the author's own experiences and beliefs. The unpaid work of women brings forth the labour force but is not properly acknowledged. And the more women are free to earn, the more their societies flourish.'
Professor Avner Offer, University of Oxford