Feminist Literature Brings Women Together!

Choice is Beauty by Kathryn Sturges

Choice is Beauty by Kathryn Sturges

I’ve been reading a ton of Feminist literature lately, and it is changing my views on women. Feminist literature past and present is a way to see the struggles women have faced in the past on through to the present.

Honestly when driving with my husband, sometimes I used to get this feeling like the women we pass by along the way were some sort of competition. Like somehow just because a beautiful woman walks down the road, suddenly I must keep my husband occupied so that he doesn’t look her way. That has changed since I’ve started reading the likes of Gloria Steinem and Roxanne Gay. Women are truly beautiful, regardless of shape or size or status. Now that I read Feminist literature I see women in a totally different light. Like suddenly I’m thinking, “you go girl!” when I see a powerful woman walking down the street. I suddenly feel like as a woman I’m part of this whole network of women and the feminist books I read bring about feelings of what we share in common. Instead of focusing on our differences, I see the issues that affect one woman truly affect all women!

Another reason to learn about feminism is that you suddenly begin to understand what women in your family have been through, in different generations. Women’s rights have come a long way, and what your grandmother or mother went through to get to where they are today is totally different than the things you might expect. I’m starting to see how my own mother beat the odds, and forged her way to the top of the corporate ladder. I’m starting to understand the impact of what is going on in the present, where women’s rights are suddenly on rocky ground in the United States, and how truly all women should stand together.

Here are a few reads that are rocking my world lately. Gloria Steinem’s “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions”, Roxanne Gay’s “Hunger”, Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique”, Bust Magazine. There are endless resources to get current, and so many avenues to traverse. Just look into topics that are affecting you and you will discover that women throughout the ages have had similar thoughts, struggles and triumphs.

Books about feminism and books by women authors are truly important, and have the power to bring a shared understanding among the community of women in the States. And the next time I hear of a woman struggling through something, I will put myself in her shoes and understand where she is coming from instead of judging her just because my life might be different. Truly as women we are all in this together! Regardless of our differences what happens to one woman happens to all women! Women are incredible and when they come together they are a force to be reckoned with.

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