The Time Has Come: How Men Can Fight for Gender Equality

Publication Date:

January 2019



Original language and publisher

English | Counterpoint Press

Territories Handled

World excl. English North America

Territories Sold

South Korea (Bada)
Canada (English) (House of Anansi)
France (XYZ)


Current Affairs, Politics, Society

The Time Has Come: How Men Can Fight for Gender Equality


 “The Time Has Come calls for men across the political, social, and economic spectrum to speak out about women’s rights . . . Both timely and refreshing, placing the onus on men to amend their perspectives on women and check their male privilege . . . Kaufman’s anecdotes about the significant ways men support one another in the fight against misogyny are incredibly touching and provide good examples of how men can be allies without centering their own experiences . . . A reassuring, empowering guide for men who want to be on the right side of history and welcome a feminist, gender-equal future.” —Foreword Reviews

“Kaufman argues persuasively that true gender equality will be good for the economy, families, the environment, and perhaps, especially, men themselves . . . Kaufman focuses on how the power granted by gender inequality puts men over women, some men over other men, and man over nature, thus widening his scope. A timely, informative, thought-provoking, and practical approach to a necessary social reform. Recommended for both men and women.” —Booklist

“A longtime gender equality activist and masculinity studies scholar argues that women are not the only victims of patriarchy . . . A rousing vision . . . inclusive and timely arguments.” — Kirkus Reviews

There’s never been a better opportunity for gender equality, Kaufman argues. But the work can’t fall to women alone. To galvanize men to join the movement, he challenges expectations around power, parenthood and progress in this timely new book.” — Chatelain,Buzziest Books of the Year

Through personal stories, insights gleaned from decades of working to end gender-based violence, and practical advice for those men ready to step up to the plate, Kaufman has produced a special book. It will be an important guide to the many men now seeking ways to stop violence against women, to create a more nurturing and loving culture for all. — Judy Norsigian, co-creator, Our Bodies Ourselves

For too long the struggle for the rights of women and girls was seen as women’s business. Of course it’s equally men’s business and stops being such a struggle when it’s seen that way. This reframing gives us a chance to understand violence against women as deeply toxic for us all. — Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

[C]ritically important for our time and required reading for us all. I had a hard time putting it down – it’s a great book. — Rosanna Arquette, Emmy-nominated actor

An inspiring book loaded with wisdom and pragmatism. I strongly recommend this awesome book. COUNT ME IN! —Ziauddin Yousafzai, Father of Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Co-founder of the Malala Fund, United Nations Special Adviser on Global Education

With a combination of compelling stories and facts, Michael Kaufman offers a timely and important case for engaging men in the ongoing fight for gender equality. —Deborah Gillis, President and CEO, Catalyst

While progress toward achieving gender equity in media and entertainment is still glacial in many areas, we need to engage men and boys to stand by our sides, to help give us a stronger voice, get us a seat at the table, and be our champions in order to make systemic change. Michael’s book is a must-read! —Madeline Di Nonno, CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

In the vein of Tim Wise’s White Like Me and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean InThe Time Has Come offers a plain-spoken and forthright look at why and how men need to actively fight for gender equality. As the co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest effort in the world of men seeking to end violence against women, Michael Kaufman is an authority on the subject of gender equality. His new book explores how a culture based in toxic masculinity hurts both women and men (and their children), how men can become better allies in smashing the patriarchy, and how real gender equality creates advancements in both the workplace and the global economy.