This book is a simple collection of two speeches that historian Mary Beard gave on Women and Power. the lectures look at how the role of women in positions of power have been viewed beginning in ancient times with parallels that can still be seen today. I think this is a very important book for all people to read, and my only regret is that she did not take her themes and expand them into a full book. However, I understand that is not the point. With that said, it does make me want to read more in this area and it does give me a new perspective when thinking about the role of women in history.