The Toll Microaggressions Take on Women Entrepreneurs

In Susanne Althoff’s upcoming book, “Launching While Female: Smashing the System That Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back,” she investigates the gender gap in the business world.

Through interviews with women and nonbinary entrepreneurs, more than half of them BIPOC, “Launching While Female” explores how everything from better funding opportunities to access to mentors and eliminating the use of microaggressions will help their companies grow.

Letter to My Rage

In this excerpt from her book, Letter To My Rage, Lidia Yuknavitch explores her anger and its potential for transformation.

She writes, “I’m so filled with you, Rage, I’m having trouble figuring out how to route the anger so I don’t short circuit myself and spontaneously combust. I’m angry at the irresponsible responses to a virus ravaging our loved ones. I’m angry that police brutalize Black people like they are gunning for Facebook likes. I’m angry at the piss-poor president, some sorry-ass excuse of a meat sack in an ill-fitting suit.”

“The Road Not Taken”: Fighting for Women’s Rights in Weimar

The following is an excerpt from “The Road Not Taken”—the debut novel, out September 4, by feminist playwright, documentarian and writer Susan Rubin. In the book, one woman traverses through space and time on an epic journey of self-discovery—and in an effort to change world history.

“Stop staring at me,” I said. “Figure out how a woman my size could overpower this huge bully with nothing but my rage. Find your own rage before it is too late. You will not survive what is coming if you are complicit.”

If Rape is a Crime, Why Can’t the U.S. Tackle the Rape Kit Backlog?

Michelle Bowdler’s new book “Is Rape a Crime?” investigates why the justice system so often fails to treat rape as a crime.

“The hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits existed because hundreds of thousands of individual victims agreed to submit to an exam consisting of head and pubic hair combing; vaginal, anal, and oral swabbing; retrieval of saliva, blood, and fingernail clippings—evidence taken carefully under the bright light of an emergency room by strangers following a violation that defines vulnerability. The victims endured this examination for a reason; they wanted justice. Instead, their bodies and the evidence taken from them were treated like useless trash.”

“Referring to hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits as a ‘backlog’ of evidence is a misnomer if there was never intent to test them in the first place.”