Tali Lavi reviews 'Stop Fixing Women: Why building fairer workplaces is everybody’s business' by Catherine Fox

Tali Lavi reviews 'Stop Fixing Women: Why building fairer workplaces is everybody’s business' by Catherine Fox

Stop Fixing Women: Why building fairer workplaces is everybody’s business by Catherine Fox

by Catherine Fox

NewSouth Publishing, $29.99 pb, 272 pp, 9781742235165

In A Room of One’s Own (1929), Virginia Woolf instructs women to ‘write calmly’ and ‘not in a rage’. Commentator Catherine Fox writes ‘calmly’ about contemporary realities with great potential to spark rage.

Stop Fixing Women operates partly as a rejoinder to Sheryl Sandberg’s popular manifesto Lean In (2013), which addressed ‘internal obstacles’ for women. Fox’s argument is that women’s workplace conditions are not rapidly changing and, on some levels, are regressing. Furthermore, mainstream rhetoric around this issue blames women, albeit sometimes subtly, for their predicament. Fox contends that this displays fallacious reasoning, ‘How can women be both the problem and the solution when they make up just under half the workforce but still a tiny minority of decision makers?’

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Tali Lavi

Tali Lavi

Tali Lavi is a writer, reviewer and public interviewer. Her reviews and writing have appeared in Magpies Magazine, The Melbourne Review (now defunct), Kids’ Book Review, Overland, Manifesto and the Short and Scary Anthology. Tali worked on the original Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival and is now co-programmer of Melbourne Jewish Book Week. She has an MA in Creative Writing from RMIT University.

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