March was #WomensHistoryMonth here in the United States. What is Women’s History Month? Basically, it’s a month set aside to honor women & their contributions throughout history. Much like what I did for #BlackHistoryMonth2018, I wanted to try and pick up a few books that centered around women’s history & women’s issues…
» Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- While there were essays that did NOT really deal with any feminist themes (like the one where Gay talks about her competitive Scrabble playing?) I find Gay very entertaining & often insightful
- Bad Feminist not only addresses feminist themes, but also race issues
- I particularly was interested in Gay’s thoughts about rape culture, or more accurately how we tend to put the focus on the perpetrators of rape and less on the actual victims. She also asked if we are desensitizing ourselves to the horrific nature of rape because we use it as a means of entertainment in TV shows, films, and books. I agree with Gay that there is a right way and a wrong way to address the topic & portray rape, and that unfortunately it is not being handled correctly in most cases.
- I really appreciated Gay’s honesty in Bad Feminist. She really addresses how complicated the idea of “feminism” really is, and how we (feminists) can all be guilty of being “bad feminists”
- I really enjoyed Gay’s voice in Bad Feminist. While it is very true that Gay is a highly educated woman, I felt like she wrote like a “regular person.” She didn’t write an overly “academic” type of book, but a book that the “average Joe” can read.
- You may not agree with all of Gay’s views, BUT she will definitely make you THINK.
» Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzie Lee
- Lee has really complied a wonder list of diverse women throughout history! I appreciate her dedication to celebrating women from around the world & their contributions to history that have been grossly overlooked
- Lee has an AMAZING sense of humor and it really shines through in this book – I found myself laughing out loud throughout the entirety of the book. If all nonfiction was written this way, I’d read more of it for sure.
- I respect that Lee is making an effort to get more YA readers interested in history & diverse women in history.
- Another factor I appreciated, was that Lee chose to feature females that were morally ambiguous. While some of these woman were indeed criminals, you still can appreciate all they achieved and overcame.
» Women Who Dared by Linda Skeers
- Much like Bygone Badass Broads, Women Who Dared features 52 women throughout history that are lesser known & overlooked. I was pleasantly surprised & delighted to find this book was fairly diverse, at least racially.
- Even though Women Who Dared wasn’t a funny book like Bygone Badass Broads, it was still interesting and a quick read. I found that I really enjoy reading nonfiction, especially historical nonfiction, in small chunks like this.
Which books did you read for #WomensHistoryMonth2018?
Do you have any book recommendations that center around women’s history and/or women’s issues?
Comment below & let me know 🙂