Women vs Capitalism

Why We Can’t Have It All in a Free Market Economy

Vicky Pryce

An urgent call to reform capitalism so that it stops failing women.

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November 2019£14.99
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Although the #MeToo movement has been hugely important, empowerment of the mind will not achieve full power for women while there remains economic inequality. Leading economist Vicky Pryce urgently calls for feminists to focus attention on this pressing issue: the pay gap, the glass ceiling, and the obstacles to women working at all. She shows that gender equality is good for business and economies, but the free market is wired to perpetuate inequality; only government intervention can empower women, with proper support and reward for their work.

From the gendered threat of robot labour to the lack of women in economics itself, Women vs Capitalism is a bold and timely look at an uncomfortable truth: we will not achieve equality for women without radical changes to contemporary capitalism.


Vicky Pryce is Chief Economics Adviser at the Centre for Economics and Business Research, and former joint head of the UK Government Economic Service. She was also director-general for economics at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Her books include GreekonomicsPrisonomics; and It's the Economy, Stupid.


‘Superb. An authoritative manual for the men upholding capitalism while holding back women and the economy, and a guidebook for women who want to change the world.’ — Ann Pettifor, author of The Production of Money

‘Vicky Pryce is one of Britain’s most distinguished economic commentators. Her impassioned criticism and rich analysis argue powerfully that women’s economic equality is both a moral question, and good economic sense. A clear-sighted call for change.’ — Rachel Reeves MP

‘Gender equality is an ongoing struggle fought on several fronts. The economic case presented here by Vicky Pryce has never been made so well or so vigorously.’ — Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, author, columnist and broadcaster

‘A long overdue dissection of the vital subject of gender equality, through Vicky Pryce’s forensic economic lens.’ — Polly Toynbee, The Guardian

‘Vicky Pryce lends an eloquent voice and a forensic analysis to the growing worldwide realisation that capitalism needs to change.’ — Kate Pickett, co-author of The Spirit Level

‘A shocking, lucid account of how capitalism holds women back. If we are all to have a future, government policy must fundamentally change. Now.’ — Danny Dorling, University of Oxford; author of All That Is Solid and Peak Inequality