Eve was Shamed
By Baroness Helen Kennedy QC
Review by Ellie (Law)
Helena Kennedy’s Eve was Shamed was a fantastic introduction to the law, in that it was relevant, interesting and easy to read. I knew the law is important in society, but it wasn’t until I read this book that I realised exactly how much impact the law had on people everyday, not just those in court. It also introduced me to some issues within our modern legal system, and suggestions as to how they can be changed to benefit everyone. Particularly with a view to feminism and women’s equality, the solutions to major issues such as sentencing and punishment weren’t as obvious as I previously thought; they are much more complex and nuanced, and the book really developed how I thought about the law and helped me form more sophisticated opinions.
Her earlier work, Eve was Framed, covers a lot of the same topics and issues as “Eve was shamed” – however this most recent publication includes more relevant data, studies and commentaries on the current political climate, such as the “Me Too” movement. Her vast experience as a barrister also provided insight into the realities of a career in law, and the challenges and rewards of working in such a field.
Even if you are not considering a future working in the law, it is still an excellent read – it challenged some of my fundamental thoughts on law and justice, and helped me consider how our justice system is failing women, what we can do to change this.
Eve was Shamed by Baroness Helena Kennedy