Film of the Week: “The handmaid’s tale: season 1” by Bruce Miller

Based on Margaret Atwood’s award-winning, best-selling novel, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States.”

“Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized “return to traditional values.” As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, belonging to the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – with one goal: to survive and find the daughter who was taken from her.”

Publisher: MGM Television Entertainment, 2018
Call Number: 7.0 HAN 1/1

Book of the Week: “Has democracy failed women?” by Drude Dahlerup

Why are women still under-represented in politics? Can we speak of democracy when women are not fully included in political decision-making?

“Some argue that we are on the right track to full gender equality in politics, while others talk about women hitting the glass ceiling or being included in institutions with shrinking power, not least as a result of neo-liberalism.

In this powerful essay, internationally renowned scholar of gender and politics Drude Dahlerup explains how democracy has failed women and what can be done to tackle it. Political institutions, including political parties, she argues, are the real gatekeepers to elected positions all over the world, but they need to be much more inclusive. By reforming these institutions and carefully implementing gender quotas we can move towards improved gender equality and greater democratization.”

Publisher: Cambridge ; Malden : Polity Press, 2018
Call Number: 323 HEIA 120671