Joanna Williams


Dr Joanna Williams is Head of Education and Culture at Policy Exchange. She is an author, commentator and the associate editor of Spiked. Joanna’s latest book is Women Vs Feminism: Why we all need liberating from the gender wars (Emerald, 2017). She talks about it here. Read more about Joanna.

Joanna is also the author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) which she talks about here and Consuming Higher Education Why Learning Can’t Be Bought (Bloomsbury, 2012). She co-edited  Why Academic Freedom Matters (Civitas, 2016).

Joanna writes and speaks about feminism, academic freedom and education. Her writing has been published in numerous publications including The Spectator, The Sun, The Telegraph and the American Conservative.

Women vs Feminism


Claire Fox:

“For those of us who’ve been involved in fighting for women’s liberation for years, it has been tragic to watch contemporary feminism become the enemy of freedom. Do not despair. Joanna Williams’s wonderful book not only uses erudition, philosophy and polemics to explain how on earth this betrayal has happened but more importantly it is a bravura clarion call urging women to throw off the shackles of hapless victimhood and instead take control of their destiny. I loved every word.

I read the book quickly and was surprised at the revelation that the author presents to us. This is really a book from woman to woman. And I am grateful to this overseas author for her work. In addition, Joanna is really simple, with humor and self-irony, and also very openly shows us how she manifested aspects of life that are important for a woman’s personality, milestones of growing up and understanding of herself in life.

Joanna shows us her attitude to feminism and her understanding of this phenomenon in a woman’s life. I honestly did not think about this concept as applied to me, for me feminism was not related. But now I want to form an attitude and my opinion on some aspects of life and feminism, so I thank the author for expressing her view in the book. I cannot unconditionally classify myself as a feminist, or, vice versa, not consider myself a feminist, until I figure out what it is. Joanna showed that in her understanding of feminism and what it gives her.

This writing style seems to be very similar to the one I dealt with while addressing the best essay writing service. I worked with an exceptionally talented writer whose style reminded me of Joanna’s. She always talks about the feminist movement and the progress it has achieved by now.

Indeed, Joanna is a feminist, but it does not mean that she can’t be a loving mother and wife. She deeply appreciates her children and husband, giving them all the warmth of her loving heart. Still, many people are used to thinking that feminism is something extremist and laced with sexism towards males.

However, once you read Joanna’s book, you will understand that true feminism has nothing in common with sexism. The natural strive for freedom, equality, and recognition in society, which is the main point of feminism, has nothing to do with sexism or fanatic excuses for selfishness and rudeness. Feminists actually fight for their right to be equal with men, be sole owners of their bodies, and the ability to receive equal pay for the same job. Feminism aims to teach women to accept and love themselves.

Feminists want men to stop judging women by appearance, race, or origin. Being treated equally and loved is the natural desire of every single human being. Is it similar to sexism? Certainly not. Fortunately, society slowly accepts gender equality, although we have a lot of work to do, especially in developing countries where women are still treated as commodities.

A lot of discussions of this book come up in my memory. The minor abstruse in the examples of formulas is very intelligently explained by the language that is understood by everyone - the language of visual comparison. It translates very exciting and simple messages about the complex and sad world order of our time. The author I worked with was as talented a writer as Joanna. Joanna constantly talks about feminism, but this does not exclude love for her husband and children from her life. We are all used to thinking that a feminist does not even show her affection and warmth to a cat, but after reading a book, you understand that this is not the case, and that the differences between fanatics and feminists who love themselves and respect their ego are very strong.

The theme of "love" permeated through the work too. On the pages, these girls grow up and their experiences pass from the category of teenage years to youth. The turning point is shown as it is, without embellishment and romanticism. Everything is written in a very simple language with a slight irony. Reading this book is a pleasure. I think it will be interesting for men too, as they will find some important points there.”

Christina Hoff Sommers:

“Women vs Feminism is a superb exposé of today’s victim. It tells the story of how a once valiant movement for equality and freedom devolved into a male-bashing grievance-fest. This meticulously researched book will drive the gender activists crazy–and delight those who care about truth, rules of evidence, and genuine liberation.”

Feminism today does women no favours and it’s time we were all liberated from the gender wars.

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