Kari Aguila

Women's Work

What would change if women ruled the world?

“So, when most of the men were dead, women saw their chance to take over?” Kate searches her son's eyes as he asks this. “Not take over,” she says. “Fix things.” It wasn't hard to justify what the women had done since the end of the Last War. They rebuilt their bombed-out neighborhoods as best they could and worked to established peace and gender equality. But small groups of men roam the country, viciously indicating that the pendulum may have swung too far. When a bedraggled man shows up on Kate's doorstep one night, will she risk everything to save him? Does he deserve her help?

Women's Work is a dystopian look at gender stereotypes, where women struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world through sustenance farming, clever engineering, and a deeply rooted sisterhood. In this suspenseful thriller, Kate is faced with a morally complex choice between what her heart believes and what society deems right. It is a compelling story that challenges all of us to question traditional gender roles, relationships, and the pursuit of power!

This trailblazing science fiction novel is being heralded by critics as a timely and necessary look at the oversimplification of the issue of gender equality. It asks the question, “What would change if women ruled the world?” The answer in not as simple as you might think. Though this new society claims men and women are finally equals, when one group gains power over the other, it quickly becomes a slippery slope to the oppression of the “other” group. Follow Kate, her family and the powerful women of her neighborhood as they try to navigate a world where women have begun to claim both authority over and superiority over men. To what will the women in this suspenseful tale resort in order to keep the fragile peace they have established? Can Kate continue to justify the new rules to her young son and daughters? The survival of her family, her neighborhood and her new society depend upon the answer.
292 printed pages
Original publication



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