Every social movement, for all of the good things it creates, has its own flaws. It is through these imperfections that allow both the movement as a whole and the organizations that make it up to improve upon its ideals.
Since its inception in the late 19th century, the feminist movement has opened the door and broken down barriers that in the past, kept women in virtual slavery. The long-running issue that exists is that the image of a feminist is of a middle or upper-middle-class Caucasian woman. Women of color, disabled women, immigrant women, etc, are often marginalized. Can We All Be Feminists?: New Writing from Brit Bennett, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and 15 Others on Intersectionality, Identity, and the Way Forward for Feminism was published in 2018. Edited by June Eric-Udorie with essays by writers such as Britt Bennett and Nicole Dennis-Benn, the book explores the different facets of feminism that are still not given their due.
I really enjoyed this book. Every woman (and everyone else by extension) who believes in the feminist principles should read it at least once. It is a reminder that for all of the good the movement has done, there is still internal rejigging that needs to be done in order to have our words match our deeds.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
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