Hard work and ambition are supposed to be the keys to escaping poverty, yet few poor black girls will ever achieve middle-class success.
We spoke with the co-founders of Reductress about their book, “How to Win at Feminism,” and depictions of feminism in today’s media landscape.
Ms. and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles are hosting a conversation on poverty, the future of feminism and how women’s stories can fuel progress.
“My mother was reading Simone de Beauvoir when I was a little girl. So, certainly I’m a feminist.”
Donna Kaz’s Un/Masked: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour chronicles the birth of a feminist.
“I decided to go for it because it defines who I am. I am Black, am lesbian and am a feminist and this is my press.”
“It’s not an influence–it’s the groundwater that nourishes every idea I have. Because without feminism, I do not exist.”
“Most of my main characters do eventually choose to make a stand or follow their consciences. I guess at heart I’m an optimist. I believe that we can all make the jump.”
With so many feminist bookstores shutting their doors, it might seem unlikely that a new one would suddenly open them. But that’s exactly what happened when Troll Hole set up shop this April in Brooklyn.
This week, Lyn Mikel Brown’s Powered By Girl hits shelves. It’s a book about how adults can help girls organize for social and political change. It’s also a book about us.