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This groundbreaking new book shows:

  • How feminism and feminist values can help transform business

  • Which feminist ideas have already been “bro-propriated” by business

  • Why a feminist approach means flourishing for all, not just the 1%


Celia V. Harquail’s
Feminism: A Key Idea for Business and Society


Provides a primer on feminism (including an updated definition of feminism and contemporary description of feminist principles)


Addresses common misconceptions about feminism (e.g., it’s all about numerical parity, it’s anti-men and anti-business)


Answers questions that many are hesitant to ask (e.g., Why hasn’t all this effort for gender equality worked? Why is feminism relevant to business?)


Written in accessible language for both students and practitioners, Feminism: A Key Idea is a must-read for students and business people struggling for a new paradigm for how business should be understood, how organizations should be managed and what business should aim to accomplish.

By offering both feminism’s critiques and constructive visions of a future where businesses help everyone flourish, Feminism: A Key Idea will surprise those who assume that feminism is angry, negative and too complicated. The reader will emerge with a clear understanding of why the future of business is feminist.

Business and feminism may seem an unlikely combination at first glance. This wonderfully innovative and readable book brings them together to great effect. Celia Harquail provides all of the tools needed to really make a feminist difference at work.
— Scott Taylor, Birmingham University, UK
As we look around all corners of the globe, feminism is in action. This accessible text introduces the reader to the most contemporary subjects and crucially asks critical organizational questions that benefit from the engagement with feminism.
— Alison Pullen, Macquarie University, Australia
Celia V. Harquail

Who is Celia V. Harquail?

CV (Celia) Harquail, PhD, is a change agent, consultant, speaker, and management professor who advocates that we craft our work, run our organizations, and partner with our stakeholders in ways that lead us and our businesses to be positive forces in the world. 

Working at the intersection of organizational change, leadership, and digital technology, CV helps leaders think differently about the relationships between technology, organizations, individuals and systems. She offers practical tools, useful frameworks, and novel resources for initiating and sustaining real change. 

She is co-founder of Feminists at Work and co-producer of Entrepreneurial Feminist Forums. She consults and writes about feminist business practice, and has taught at the Darden Graduate School of Business, UVA and Stevens Institute of Technology.