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Laura Bates BEM

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Laura Bates BEM

Laura Bates BEM is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality. The project has expanded into over 25 countries worldwide and become internationally renowned, featuring in media from the Times of India to Grazia South Africa.

Laura writes regularly for the Guardian, The New York Times, TIME magazine, Independent and others. She was the recipient of the Georgina Henry award at the 2015 British Press Awards.

Laura works closely with politicians, schools and universities worldwide, as well as bodies from the United Nations to the Council of Europe to combat gender inequality. She is also Contributor for Women Under Siege, a New York-based organisation working against the use of rape as a tool of war in conflict zones worldwide, and she is Patron of Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support, part of the Rape Crisis network.

Laura was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She has been named a Woman of the Year by The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan, and Red magazine and was named 9th on the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List 2014. She received the 2014 Oxford Internet Institute Internet and Society Award alongside Tim Berners Lee. 

Laura's first book, Everyday Sexism, was shortlisted for Waterstones book of the year and the Political Book Awards Polemic of the Year. It was one of the Bookseller's top 10 non-fiction books of 2014. Her latest book, the Sunday Times Bestseller Girl Up, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2016.