The Everyday Sexism Project was founded by writer and activist Laura Bates in April 2012. It began life as a website where people could share their experiences of daily, normalized sexism, from street harassment to workplace discrimination to sexual assault and rape.
The Project became a viral sensation, attracting international press attention from The New York Times to French Glamour, Grazia South Africa, to the Times of India and support from celebrities such as Rose McGowan, Amanda Palmer, Mara Wilson, Ashley Judd, James Corden, Simon Pegg, and many others. The project has now collected over 100,000 testimonies from people around the world and launched new branches in 25 countries worldwide. The project has been credited with helping to spark a new wave of feminism.
Sexism as it exists today in Western culture is a normal, everyday experience in the lives of women, according to Bates. She knows this from personal experience as well as from the thousands of women who have shared their experiences through the Everyday Sexism Project, a website founded by the author and dedicated to cataloguing instances of sexism. With pages of facts, well-reasoned and detailed arguments, and an expanding supply of painful stories of women and girls told in their own words, Bates shines an unrelenting light on sexist acts of oppression, laying in stark detail and clear language how sexism causes problems for women in every area of their lives, from girlhood to education to their working years. The argument she builds is inescapable: sexism affects everyone, with damaging consequences not just to women but to all people and to society as a whole, and no one could read this book and fail to be moved.