Name Laura Bates
Books Everyday Sexism
Notable works Everyday Sexism
|Born 27 August 1986 (age 34) (1986-08-27) |
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge
Notable awards British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to gender equality
Education St John's College, Cambridge
Similar People Caroline Criado‑Perez, Nimco Ali, Caitlin Moran, Shami Chakrabarti, Jessica Valenti
Nominations Shorty Award for Activism
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Laura Bates (born 27 August 1986) is a British feminist writer. She founded the Everyday Sexism Project website in April 2012. Her first book, Everyday Sexism, was published in 2014.
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- Early life
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- Personal life
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Bates was born in Oxford to a mother who taught French and a physician father, and grew up in Hackney and Taunton, and has an older sister and a younger brother. Her parents divorced when Bates was in her twenties. She read English Literature at St John's College, Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge University in 2007. Bates remained in Cambridge for two and a half years as a researcher for the psychologist Susan Quilliam who was working on an updated edition of The Joy of Sex.
Campaign about Everyday sexism
Bates then worked as an actress and a nanny, a period in which she has said she experienced sexism at auditions and found the young girls she was caring for were already preoccupied with their body image. The Everyday Sexism project website was founded in 2012. Bates told the Financial Times journalist Lucy Kellaway in 2014 about "having a guy in a car slow down and say, 'You walk down here every Wednesday and Thursday at about 12, don't you?'" Bates recalled asking herself afterwards: "Is it my fault?'"
Bates told Hannah Betts, during an interview for The Daily Telegraph, in April 2014: "All feminism means to me is that everyone should be treated equally regardless of their sex. We have to get past judging women on their looks and then using that to derive some sort of idea about their agenda." "A man can be a father, a doctor, a politician, a lawyer, without his sex being an issue or being commented on", Bates told Anna Klassen of The Daily Beast website. "One of the nicest surprises has been the compassionate responses from men", she wrote in The Guardian. "It's not about men against women, but people against prejudice."
Around the third anniversary of the website, in April 2015, Everyday Sexism had reached 100,000 entries. She has faced abuse online. "People talk about specific serial killers they admire and who they would like to emulate", she told Lucy Kellaway, "and about the different weapons that they fantasise about using on you and in what order. It is quite twisted stuff."
A contributor to other publications as well as The Guardian, Bates' first book Everyday Sexism was published by the London subsidiary of Simon & Schuster in 2014. She is contracted to write two further books for Simon & Schuster. She is a contributor to the New York-based, Women Under Siege Project.
Bates married Nick Taylor in 2014.