Category: Feminist Booklist

Untamed by Glennon Doyle (Published in 2020)

Reading Glennon Doyle’s latest book, Untamed, is a like attending a protest. A protest where we might chant, Rip ‘em up, rip ‘em up! Rip up the memos! Not sure what the memos are? Read Doyle’s book to find out and more importantly, to begin freeing yourself from their crafty grip. Memo, according to Dictionary.com, is short for memorandum which means “a short note designating something to be remembered, especially something to be done or acted upon in the future; reminder.” Doyle says, “For a long while I contorted myself to live according to a set of old memos...

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Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts (Published in 2019)

Although we came to discover Matilda Joslyn Gage from different angles, I’m grateful that my search led me to Elizabeth Letts’ latest novel, Finding Dorothy. I set out to discover Matilda Joslyn Gage after I read of a phenomenon called the ‘Matilda Effect’, the focus of my recent post: Matilda Joslyn Gage: In Her Name. Elizabeth Letts explains her path to Gage in the Afterword in Finding Dorothy: “About six or seven years ago, I was reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz aloud to my son when I found myself wondering about the author. Why was I so familiar with...

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Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly (Published in 2018)

Reading the book Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly made me so angry! At the beginning of each chapter as Chemaly introduced an issue that women are angry about, I thought “That’s not me,” but by the end of that same chapter, after reading the descriptions of women’s experiences backed up by facts and statistics, I was engulfed by rage and anger. Chapter after chapter, reading about all the ways women are angry and why they are angry, I became more and more angry. I have spent a lot of time with my anger, reading and even writing about...

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The Awakened Woman: Remembering and Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams by Dr. Tererai Trent (Published in 2017)

I cannot imagine a woman more deserving than Dr. Tererai Trent, her likeness one of ten life-size bronze statues unveiled in New York City on Women’s Equality Day this past August 26, 2019.  Australian global public artists and activists, Gillie and Marc Schattner, revealed the statues of these inspirational women on 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) that glorious summer day! Their organization, Statues for Equality, is on a mission to achieve gender balance in public statues worldwide. In NYC prior to their unveiling, only 3% of the statues depicted females; this climbed to 10% on August 26. With...

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Figuring by Maria Popova (2019)

As you prepare for the new year, consider subscribing to Maria Popova’s weekly blog, Brain Pickings. If you enjoy these weekly posts, you’ll want to read her book, Figuring. These new year’s intentions will be a pleasure to keep! Happy New Year to all!  An acquaintance told me about Brain Pickings, a weekly newsletter posted by Maria Popova. Sunday mornings have not been the same since. Where I used to await the Sunday Boston Globe or New York Times, I now open my email and devour Brain Pickings as I sip my Sunday coffee. When Popova started mentioning her...

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