ANONYMOUS IS A WOMAN – Official Book Trailer

ANONYMOUS IS A WOMAN – Official Book Trailer
ANONYMOUS IS A WOMAN – Official Book Trailer

ANONYMOUS IS A WOMAN – written by Nina Ansary (Revela Press, March 2020). Learn more at:


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 persists as women worldwide continue to be restricted by society’s formal and unspoken barriers.

* Why does Virginia Woolf’s statement still echo in the twenty-first century
* Why have women been consistently denied opportunities that are automatically given to men?
* And why has the historical record failed to adequately recognize notable women?

ANONYMOUS IS A WOMAN: A GLOBAL CHRONICLE OF GENDER INEQUALITY takes readers on a 4,000-year historic journey to expose the roots and manifestations of institutionalized gender discrimination; dismantle centuries of historical bias through biographical profiles of fifty extraordinary, yet forgotten women innovators; and challenge ingrained stereotypical assumptions to advance an unconventional argument for equality and inclusivity.

100% of all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated 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.


“Teen Vogue Book Club Pick 2020”

“Inspiring, compelling, and necessary…an examination of the systems of power that…have silenced women’s voices and contributions.” — Foreword Reviews * 5 Stars *

“…An eclectic and enlightening look at the stories of women often ignored by history…does an excellent job of capturing readers’ attention.” — Kirkus Reviews

“…immersing yourself in this book will prove beneficial to your historical knowledge…a learning tool for men and women alike with insightful information galore.” — San Francisco Book Review *5 Stars*

“…powerfully evocative text…and a unique, long-needed resource…” — Indiereader * 5 Stars *

“Historian Ansary shines a light on the ‘obscure lives’ of forgotten female innovators. This illuminating volume … on women’s hidden achievements … keeps reading lively.” — Publishers Weekly BookLife


Eric Petrilla – American Man
Melissa Kiplagat – African Woman
Sébastien Cipolla – French Man
Ursula Windhager – Austrian Woman
Ozan Sevin – Turkish Man
Cheung Wingki – Chinese Woman

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