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The War on Women

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,574 ratings  ·  198 reviews
In 1973, Sue Lloyd-Roberts joined ITN as a news trainee and went on to be one of the UK's first video-journalists to report from the bleak outposts of the Soviet Union. Travelling as a tourist, she also gained access to some of the world’s most impenetrable places like China, Tibet and Burma. During her 40-year-long career she witnessed the worst atrocities inflicted on wo ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 18th 2017 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published August 11th 2016)
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I finished this book yesterday, and I've had to sleep on it. I needed time to think what to say. What I'm going to say about this book, I'm sure has probably been said already, numerous amounts of times.
This book contains a series of articles from Sue Lloyd-Roberts, about the catastrophic crimes committed by the male species, to women. This book covers various topics from sex trafficking in Russia, women imprisoned in their own homes in Saudi Arabia, the gender pay gap in the UK, genital mutila
A stunning collection of stories by one of the most prominent video journalists of our time.

Before I continue, I should say that there should be a strong trigger-warning on this book. Perhaps it's obvious, but in case it's not, this book covers some of the worst abuses of women across the world - from FGM to sexual violence (in many forms) and honour killings. Strangely, I did not find myself as triggered by this as I do by rape scenes in books; but perhaps that's because it was clear what this
I’m sure if you posted the title of this book on Twitter a bunch of people would tell you that there is no war on women.
And those people would be wrong.
This was the book that Lloyd-Roberts was working on when she died. As such, it is therefore unfinished. A great deal of the information that is covered was also covered by the work that Lloyd-Roberts did for the BBC (and you can easily find these programs on YouTube).
The book is focused on British and International cases. In many cases, Lloyd
Lucy Langford
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a must read for everyone. It explores the inequality of women on a national and international scale with interviews with such women. Their stories are harrowing and you can't help but to wish to take action and help the women interviewed as well as other women who are in similar circumstances.

This book was a real eye opener and explores topics of rape as a weapon, FGM and forced marriage. What really hit me the most was how easily FGM and forced marriages happen in the UK (where
Mindfully Evie
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One month on after reading this book and I still can't put it into words. I honestly don't think words can even begin to do this book justice. Every word, every chapter, every story, is just as powerful, moving, haunting, and eye-opening as the next. All I can hope is that it reaches more people as EVERYONE needs to read this. It is a book I will never ever forget, nor will I ever forget the name Sue Lloyds-Roberts for all the incredible work she has done. ...more
Laurie Treffers
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I recommend to people who are still convinced feminism is out of date and unnecessary, feminists of all colour and well, any other human being alive. This book will make you feel anger, shame, grief and sadness. At the same time, it will sparkle a sense of justice in you. The kind that changes systems. Not because of how Lloyd-Roberts wrote this book. She didn't need to write it dramatically. These stories are in themselves so powerful that they almost wrote themselves.

From how f
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished the book with tears. Tears shed for the millions and billions of women suffering around the world and tears shed because the problem didn't seem to cease despite the effort of so many. But that effort was always outweighed by those who tolerate and contribute to gender inequality.

This book is emotional, confrontational and brutally honest. But, there are sparks of hope throughout the book - stories about women who have escaped or have dedicated their life to improving the lives of wom
Ayala Levinger
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A very interesting but also difficult book. not in the language. it is not an academic work. Sue Lloyd-Roberts was a journalist and maker of documentaries and in this book she tells in each chapter about another place and another way women are oppressed in the world. But some of the chapters, especially about rape in India and rape as war weapon include some horrific descriptions of rape and it did not help that I just finish it at the 5 years "anniversary" of the famous rape of Jyoti Singh at d ...more
Tristan Sherwin
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an extraordinarily, powerful and potent read.

Rightly, it will churn your stomach, it will make you cry and scream, it’s stories will haunt your every waking and sleeping moment, and it will positively arouse your anger.

In the process, it should also completely overhaul your definition of bravery; the courage and stamina of the women highlighted in this book far outweighs the boast of any form of masculinity.

You need to read *The War on Women: And the Brave Ones who Fight Back*. You need
Oyuttsetsen Bayarsaikhan
Darkest stories with brightest intentions
Gabrielle Winandy
One of the most disturbing books I ever read. Sue Lloyd-Roberts was excellent in showing the horrors and the type of brutality that women sometimes have to face in certain countries and cultures. At times, I had to stop reading because it was too much; at one point, my reading was interrupted by horrified tears. It is, nonetheless, an essential book for anyone interested in women’s and human rights. It is a valuable work of journalism to understand and incentivise the fight for equality. And it’ ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished and i cannot express to you just how much i cried not only throughout the reading of this book, but especially at the end. the metaphorical "passing of the torch" between mother and daughter right at the end has ended me, and the mix of comfort and devastation that i felt throughout the book only increased in the epilogue.

this book is almost entirely made up of trigger warnings. Things such as rape, FGM, honour killings, sex trafficking, and the many ways women are on the daily ex
Sara Marsden
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best nonfiction book I’ve ever read. It’s an important look at the injustices women face all over the world. It’s heartbreaking but brilliant. Please please read it
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't find the right words to say how much I enjoyed this book. Each chapter left me in awe when learning how so many woman across the world are treated in such a disgusting way in a male dominated society. I couldn't put the book down. Very much a page turner! ...more
Rhona Lattka
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried a lot. So much respect and support for sue and her work. Eye opening and fantastically written. Highly recommend
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A harrowing but essential read.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot recommend this book enough. Sue writes beautifully telling the most interesting, heart breaking stories women have had to endure and continue to endure around the world.

We've all heard about the issues women face in India and Saudi Arabia, but I was dumbfounded to learn about the involvement of UN peace keepers in human trafficking.

It is also astounding to me that even today, some women are fighting for their basic human rights, and have to question their existence in the world. Hearin
Salomé Esteves
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have haver read. I cried my way through it, constantly facing the unbelievable stories of women across the globe. As a white European woman, I know I am quite privileged, but "The War on Women" showed me how much on my freedom I daily take for granted. This book was a shower of reality and a punch in the stomach; some of the chapters were particularly difficult to digest and often led to nights of troubled sleep. I can't stop thinking about these ...more
Esme Kemp
Made me fucking depressed and angry about the fact women are just under valued and second class citizens in literally every single country. No hyperbole. Do not read if you’re already feeling hateful towards state of affairs.

I have issues re westernised / colonialism and video journalism but need to work through my feelings in regards to this book. Final chapter on sex inequality in the UK is wildly naive, white centric and bare inappropriate, but I understand why it was cathartic and necessary
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who thinks feminism is not necessary in the modern world should read this book.

Anyone who thinks women are complaining about nothing should read this book.

Anyone who thinks the war on women only happens in "far away places" should read this book.

Anyone who thinks the war on women is only perpetrated by "people who are not like me" should read this book.

Actually, everybody should just read this book before they say anything about women or feminism.
Alfred Nobile
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a series of articles about the atrocities and crimes against women; as a man I'm sorry to say commited by the male of the species. Covering various issues such genital mutilation, the separation of mothers from their babies in so called civilised Ireland. The imprisonment of women in the prison of the home in Saudi Arabia and the sex trade in Russia and Eastern Europe etc. This is but a few of the crimes perpetrated against one half of the world's population against the other. A must re ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Sue wanted us to see different wars of our time, many of them being fought by, and against, women. She fought with them, and for them, until the very end.”

This book was difficult to read and one that will stay with me for a long time. A powerful book that shares stories of injustice faced by women across the world, from Ireland and Argentina, to Russia and India. It is told through Sue Lloyd-Roberts brave research as a journalist as she travels to many places that most of us would not go. She w
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is very easy to read in terms of the words and the sentences but very hard to read in terms of how emotionally harrowing some of the subject matter is. Reading the actual interview excerpts from the women featured in this book makes it difficult to be subconsciously numb to the statistics and accounts given and instead actually recognise that these are real suffering people and that the issued aren't just "third world" issues and actually can take place in your neighbourhood. Very much reccom ...more
Lynn Forsyth
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was in many ways a very depressing book! But very well written. It is just astonishing that having campaigned and fought for equality for so many years so many women around the world are still enduring subjugation at the hands of men. For anyone looking to get an overview of the conditions and lives women lead across the world I would highly recommend this book. It is very well written and the last chapter packs an emotional punch.
Sue Black
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book. Want to know what life is like for women across the world? This book tells you in a way that makes it compulsive and highly interesting reading. I can't recommend it enough. What an absolute tragedy that Sue Lloyd Roberts is not around to tell us more, thank goodness her daughter was able to finish writing the book and show us what a fabulous woman her mother was. ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
READ THIS. incredible stories, excellent writing, and admirable author.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
My rating has kind of gone up and down over the last few days, but the more that I think about this book and the stories within it, the more impressed I am by it. So I'm going to stick with four stars, purely because I did genuinely enjoy it and it was super interesting.

This non-fiction book explores the lives of women across the world who are suffering at the hands of patriarchy, government, tradition and basically men, but how they are fighting back against the injustices that they've been op
Josh Rawlinson
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve lost a great deal of respect for men, and gained a new found admiration for women and their strength. This book is a testament to women all over the world, the struggles they went through and still go through, and how they manage to carry on when most of us would’ve given up! Whilst reading, I felt my self get angrier and angrier at the turn of every page, that as a society we not only allow such circumstances to occur, but also buy into them, and cover them up when suited; and I can’t even ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be warned, if you read this book it will leave you feeling sick, depressed, angry and hurt. The war on women is real, it is every day, it is now. It is waged by society, by our governments, by men AND women. It would be wrong to characterise this war as being waged solely by men. It is women who perform FGM, it was the female religious orders who ran the Magadelene laundries. Even now in Ireland women are arguing against a woman’s right to bodily autonomy and adequate medical care in pregnancy. ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a woman you read this and slowly get angrier and angrier with everything that women all over the world still have to put up with, mainly stemming from the close minded attitudes of men who wish to maintain power. Makes me realise just how lucky I am and how ignorant I’ve been to these problems, some of which I had no idea still happened. But there is hope, behind the initial anger comes a pride in the woman fighting back and an urge to help them. I urge everyone to read and feel inspired to h ...more
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