The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls

Mona Eltahawy


Feminism should terrify the patriarchy. It should put patriarchy on notice that we demand nothing short of its destruction. We need fewer road maps toward a peace treaty with patriarchy and more manifestos on how to destroy it. The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls is my manifesto.


The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls identifies seven ‘sins’ women and girls are socialised to avoid – anger, attention, profanity, ambition, power, violence and lust.

With essays on each, Mona Eltahawy creates a stunning manifesto encouraging women worldwide to defy, disobey and disrupt the patriarchy. Drawing on her own life and the work of intersectional activists from around the world, #MeToo and the Arab Spring, Eltahawy’s work defines what it is to be a feminist now.


Praise for The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls

Shocking, brave, gloriously unfeminine, and right on time.


‘In these pages you will find yourself again and again, and you will see who you can become.


The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls …  exhorts and advocates for more confidence, more clarity, more of a sense of value and rights, more pleasure and joy for women. With its gloriously energetic, rampaging prose, it also inspires those things..


‘Eltahawy’s perspective is truly global. She is as interested in Indian feminist Trupti Desai, who campaigned for women to gain access to the innermost chamber of Hindu temples, as she is in Greta Thunberg.


‘The fierce Mona Eltahawy is back with the feminist manifesto of the year.


Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is a feminist author and award-winning commentator and public speaker. Her work has been published in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other publications around the world. She is a frequent commentator on current affairs on the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and other media outlets, where her goal is always to disrupt the patriarchy.