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Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton

In a UK-exclusive event, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton discuss their new release, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favourite Stories of Courage and Resilience, in conversation with Mary Beard.

Join them as they celebrate the women who have inspired them throughout their lives and made a difference in the world.

The book tells the stories of a diverse range of women, from Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist whose Asperger syndrome has shaped her advocacy, to Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz, a 17th-century nun and poet whose outspoken views on women’s role in society scandalised audiences.

Through portraits of more than 100 women, The Book of Gutsy Women marks histories that have all too often been overlooked or left unwritten: Mary Edwards Walker, a Civil War surgeon who was arrested more than once for wearing trousers; Rosa May Billinghurst, the suffragette who lost the use of her legs and campaigned in an adapted tricycle for the right of women to vote; and Manal al-Sharif, who captured the world’s attention in 2011 when she filmed herself driving a car in defiance of Saudi custom.

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s previous books include It Takes a Village; Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets; An Invitation To The White House: At Home With History; Living History; and number one Sunday Times bestsellers Hard Choices and What Happened. All of her memoirs have been instant number one New York Times bestsellers.

Chelsea Clinton is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World; Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe; She Persisted Around The World: 13 Women Who Changed History; Start Now! You Can Make a Difference; It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!; and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?

Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of The TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim. Her books include the bestsellers Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town (winner of the Wolfson History Prize), SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, and Women & Power: A Manifesto. She is the presenter of BBC2's culture show, Front Row Late.

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Royal Festival Hall


£32 - £57
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£32, £47, £57


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Age recommendation
For ages 14+

Each ticket includes a copy of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton's new book The Book of Gutsy Women: Favourite Stories of Courage and Resilience (RRP £25), to be collected at the event.

Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre Members at 10am, Thursday 3 October, and on general sale at 10am, Friday 4 October.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID will be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.

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