There are some books which come in to your life and you think wow that was phenomenal – where has it been my entire life. That is exactly how I felt reading Feminist Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies Edited by Scarlett Curtis.
Having studied sociology I have read a good amount of feminist text and while as a woman I am a feminist (more on my personal feminist awaking is coming soon) I never read a book which resonated with me as a young woman living in the 21st century as this little pink fountain of knowledge.
The book features 52 essays by 52 incredible women from all walks of live. There are essays from gay women, muslim women, white women and black women – something which I found deeply refreshing and applaud Scarlett for making sure this took place. As a muslim woman myself it was nice to see a voice from women similar to mine being given such a great platform to share their stories.
Each essay creates an important conversation be it talking about tampon tax, being a woman within the workplace, the perception of women and their bodies within the patriarchy. There was a brutal essay on FGM which was not easy to read but necessary to read. It reminded me how vast the world of feminism is and how each woman has their own individual feminist story to tell.
It is emotional to read – I would read it on the tube and I would end up walking to where I needed to be in silence just soaking it all in thinking ‘This happened to me’ ‘I just want to give you a hug – you should not have to go through that’ ‘More people need to share their story’ ‘What an incredible strong inspiring women’ I knew I would resonate wth the words on the pages but I wasn’t expecting just how much – it is hard to put into words but it really did change something in me.
Scarlett and co have written an incredible book featuring some heavy hitting topics in a way which is equally accessible to a fifteen year old in secondary school or a teeny seven year old girl trying to navigate her way through her twenties. It really reminded me what can be done if women stuck together, support each other and share our knowledge with each other.
Proceeds from the book goes to the incredible charity Girl Up which help girls with leadership training and programmes which is incredible. There is also a little book list if you want to continue reading more and continue learning more about how the patriarchy affects women around the world regardless of race, age or country.