Laura Bates

One of Owen Sheers’ selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, has been called ‘the voice of her generation’ for her ground-breaking work as a diversity and equality activist. Now she has rendered her experience into a captivating YA novel, The Burning, in which two young women are bound across history by their mistreatment at the hands of their communities. At once ultra contemporary and tragically timeless, The Burning brilliantly harnesses the empathy and insight of the novel to challenge the restrictions and injustices of patriarchal societies.”

– Owen Sheers

Gender equality activist and author making the invisible visible

Laura Bates is founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of hundreds of thousands of experiences of harassment, discrimination and abuse with branches worldwide. She works with governments, police forces and schools to tackle gender inequality. She is the bestselling author of Everyday Sexism, Girl Up, The Burning (nominated for the Carnegie medal) and her new book, Men Who Hate Women, investigates “the terrorism nobody is talking about”. She writes for the New York Times, Guardian and others, and has received a British Press Award, a British Empire Medal, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Watch Laura Bates talking sex and harassment in schools

“Laura Bates is showing us the path to both intimate and global survival.” – Gloria Steinem

“Bates is in many ways the voice of her generation” – HuffPost

“[An] extremely powerful book that could, and should, win hearts and minds right across the spectrum” – Financial Times on Everyday Sexism

“Brilliantly fierce and eye-opening” – Guardian on Men Who Hate Women

“A profoundly important piece of work… a chilling investigation into the world of online extreme misogyny and its real-world consequences” – Observer on Men Who Hate Women

“Excellent…impassioned yet clear… Men Who Hate Women has the power to spark social change.” – Sunday Times on Men Who Hate Women

“Like many women, I have Bates to thank for some of my most formative feminist moments … her new book, Men Who Hate Women, has prompted plenty more… forensic and unwavering… a dizzying ride, alternately jaw-dropping and frighteningly familiar” – The i Paper on Men Who Hate Women

“an astute, shocking exposé that also offers practical solutions.” —Kirkus on Men Who Hate Women

“‘This is a book teen girls NEED to read” – Holly Bourne on The Burning

“A bracing love letter to today’s teenage girls” – Sunday Times on Girl Up

“I’m thrilled and honoured to be selected for the Showcase, particularly as part of a group of writers seeking to use stories to create tangible change.”



Everyday Sexism
Girl Up
The Burning
Letters to the Future
‘I Call Myself a Feminist’ (one essay)
’30 Second Feminism’ (one chapter)
Europa 28 (Introduction)
Men Who Hate Women, published Simon & Schuster UK (2020) and Sourcebooks US (2021)

Contact Laura


Twitter: @EverydaySexism

Instagram: @laura_bates__


Agent: Abigail Bergstrom


Simon and Schuster