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?’