Laura Bates international womens day speaker
Laura Bates international womens day speaker

Laura Bates

Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project

Travels from

London, UK


Laura Bates is a best-selling author, keynote speaker and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality.

Her books include Everyday Sexism (shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year) and The Sunday Times bestsellers Girl Up and Misogynation. Laura writes regularly for the New York Times and Guardian and is a frequent media commentator and consultant for TV productions tackling issues around gender inequality. 

Laura’s book, Fix The System, Not The Women, is published in 2022.

Laura works closely with politicians, businesses, schools, and organisations, from the Council of Europe to the United Nations, to increase equality and diversity.  Her work also covers the ever-increasing business case for addressing subjects of gender inequality and misogyny in the workplace (in the knowledge that tackling such issues greatly improves performance and productivity.)

Laura’s campaigning alongside other activists has received huge praise and success: including persuading Facebook to change its policies on rape and domestic abuse content, putting sexual consent and healthy relationships on the school curriculum  improving the way in which the British Transport Police respond to incidents of sexual violence.

In recognition of Laura’s work, she was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, participated in President Obama’s White House Summit on the United State of Women and has been named Woman of the Year by Cosmopolitan, Red Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine. She has also been named on the Woman’s Hour Power List and was one of the BBC’s inaugural 100 Women. Laura is an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge, and Vice President of the Hay Literary Festival.

For more information about booking Laura Bates as a keynote speaker, contact VBQ’s founding agent Leo von Bülow-Quirk at


As a keynote speaker, Laura has spoken across the globe to some of the world’s biggest companies, including Google, the World Trade Organisation, Viacom, Paramount Pictures, 5×15 and UBS.

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