Faber signs examination into gender politics and the economy

Faber signs examination into gender politics and the economy

Faber has signed a "major" work of non-fiction entitled The Double X by academic Linda Scott.

Laura Hassan, editorial director at Faber, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights and translation rights in The Double X Economy from Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management. Faber will publish the book in April 2019.

In this revelatory book, Scott will argue that women, due to systemic exclusion, have emerged as a distinct economic group, “the Double X Economy”. Using her on-the-ground research, new global data as well as re-analysed studies Scott makes it possible to see how women and their subordination affect economic life and reveals the "dramatic" economic gender gaps in both the developed and developing world. She argues that by pulling women into the economic system as equal participants we could solve many of humankind’s most debilitating problems.

"Combining new evidence, vivid case studies with zingy accessible prose, this is the feminist answer to Thomas Piketty's Capital: both a work of expert analysis and an urgent call to action", said the publisher.

Professor Linda Scott said: "The Double X Economy would improve lives in all nations, if it were only set free. The continued economic exclusion of women wastes resources, incurs huge costs, causes extraordinary suffering, and produces a drag on the economic future for all of us. I write to make this terrible problem visible to the world and to call on the best spirit of humanity to help put an end to it."

Hassan said: "Linda Scott's book arrives at a moment when there is real need for a global conversation about the economics of gender. Faber & Faber are proud to be part of her mission to change how the world thinks about women as an economic force."

Scott is the Emeritus DP World Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Oxford and founder of the Power Shift Forum for Women in the World Economy.  Her research focuses on women’s empowerment through economic inclusion and has been covered by the Economist, the BBC, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Evening Standard, and the Financial Times.