Misogynistic misdiagnosis has long been something women of all ages have had to endure and, despite breakthroughs in social sensitivity and cultural awareness, it’s still worryingly common. From ignored symptoms to medical biases based entirely around gender, recent studies have shown women are around 30 per cent more likely to be misdiagnosed when it comes to their health.

With these thoughts firmly in mind, join us as we welcome a panel of experts including author Alice Hattrick and historian Elinor Cleghorn for a conversation on the theme of sick women. From hysteria to the ways in which lockdown, COVID-19 and recent vaccine trials have revealed lingering gender inequalities, we’ll delve into women’s experiences of ill health and the health system.

About The Speakers

Alice Hattrick

Alice Hattrick is a writer based in London. Their non-fiction book ILL FEELINGS will be published by Fitzcarraldo in August 2021. Alice is the co-producer of Access Docs for Artists, a resource for disabled and/or chronically ill practitioners, made in collaboration with artists Leah Clements and Lizzy Rose.

Elinor Cleghorn

Elinor Cleghorn is a feminist cultural historian and the author of Unwell Women: A Journey through medicine and myth in a man-made world (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2021).

Angela Saini

Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist. Her latest books are Superior: The Return of Race Science, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, and Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, translated into thirteen languages. In 2020 she was named one of the world’s top 50 thinkers by Prospect.

About The Chair

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Sarah Shaffi

Sarah Shaffi is a freelance literary journalist and editor. She writes about books for Stylist Magazine online, is books editor at Phoenix, and is editor-at-large at independent publisher Little Tiger Group. She regularly chairs author events, and is co-founder of BAME in Publishing, a networking group for people of colour in publishing.