From Publishers Weekly
Compiled by authors Martin (Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters) and Sullivan (Commencement), this volume looks at the catalytic moments when 28 women (and one man) found their way to feminism. Including writers, activists, and educators, contributors provide perspective and personal revelations from all stages of life. Joshunda Sanders, an Austin newspaper reporter, talks about growing up poor and black in "the least desirable place in New York" and how it led to her embrace of "womanist" thought; Indian American writer and educator Mathangi Subramanian describes years of struggle with the feminist "label," navigating the cross-currents of her grandmother's pressure to marry and her mother's enthusiasm for independence (and feminist classics like Susan Estrich's Sex & Power); Martin herself contributes a piece contrasting her own coming-of-age, involving a college visit from Manifesta authors Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, with her mother's: "This wasn't the swishy skirt feminism that my mom had manifested at her once-a-month women's groups. This was contemporary, witty, brash, even a little sexy." With this enervating collection, Martin and Sullivan help continue that modernizing trend.
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About the Author
Courtney E. Martin is the author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters and co-author of The Naked Truth, the life story of HIV/AIDS activist Marvelyn Brown. She is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and the Book Editor of Feministing.com. Martin's work frequently appears in The Christian Science Monitor, Alternet, and Publishers Weekly, among other publications. She has spoken at colleges and conferences throughout the nation and is a frequent commentator on national media, including The O'Reilly Factor, The Today Show, Good Morning America and CNN. J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of the best-selling novel Commencement. A Brooklyn-based writer, Sullivan's work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Elle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, In Style, Men's Vogue, the New York Observer, Tango, and in the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love. Sullivan works in the editorial department of the New York Times.
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