ANONYMOUS IS A WOMAN

by Nina Ansary

(Revela Press/March 8, 2020)

Bookcover Artwork by Iranian Artist Leyli Rashidi Rauf

Bookcover Artwork by Iranian Artist Leyli Rashidi Rauf

In 1929, British novelist Virginia Woolf ran her fingers along the spines of the books in her library wondering why no woman in Shakespeare’s era had written “a word of that extraordinary literature when every other man, it seemed, was capable of song or sonnet.” She concluded, “Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”

Nearly a century after Woolf penned those incisive words, frequently modified as “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman,” the phenomenon of female anonymity prevails as women worldwide continue to be restricted by society’s formal and unspoken barriers. 

Anonymous Is a Woman …exposes the roots and current manifestations of institutionalized gender discrimination; dismantles centuries of historical bias through biographical sketches of fifty remarkable, yet forgotten women innovators; and challenges ingrained stereotypical assumptions to advance an unconventional argument for equality and inclusivity.

For more on the author, Nina Ansary, please visit: NinaAnsary.com


100% of all proceeds from the sale of the book will go to organizations and institutions, with the primary recipients being the Center for Human Rights in Iran, a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights in Iran; and the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace, and Security, an academic space for scholars, practitioners, activists, policy-makers, and students to develop strategies that promote justice, human rights, and participation of women in conflict-affected situations around the world.