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Educate & Activate The 19th Amendment: History’s Most Exclusive Sorority

August 18, 2020 is the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which made it illegal to deny citizens of the United States the right to vote on account of sex. For the purposes of this discussion we’ll be defining women as those who are cis-gendered to only focus on the past. We …

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Excavation & My Dark Vanessa: Empty Promises from the Publishing Industry

  I want to begin this blog by recognizing that there are many different articles written about this same topic, specifically the article written by the author herself, Wendy C. Ortiz. My purpose in writing this post is to write from my perspective as an avid reader and a consumer of books who is influenced …

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Educate & Activate: Reproductive Justice

Feminist Book Club blog contributors are working together to create posts as an “Educate & Activate” series. We will define a term or movement, provide historical context, and give you additional resources to learn more. We believe that an educated populace can be better activists, accomplices and co-conspirators. It is important to note that these …

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12 Books Written by Queer Authors to Read Year-Round

Another Pride month has come and gone even though it looked different this year. Pride celebrations around the United States were cancelled due to the global pandemic. As a result, digital celebrations gained popularity. One of my favorite alternatives to Pride was the programming by Lambda Literary, an organization that dedicates itself to supporting queer …

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How Music Can Be a Tool for Social Justice — Even During a Pandemic

The Montclair, New Jersey-based Women’s Fire Choir formed after the 2016 election. Drawn by equal parts hopelessness and helplessness, I attended a community singing workshop that was held in the small back room of my local independent bookshop. Pressed shoulder to shoulder with about 30 women, our chairs lined up in front of shelves filled …

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Notes from the Founder: Why I Don’t Call Myself an Ally

photo by Laura Alpizar As the founder of Feminist Book Club, I spend a lot of my time thinking about and grappling with my privilege and my responsibility to the intersectional feminist movement. I am a white, cisgender, middle-class, able-bodied, English-speaking, educated woman, business owner, and leader. Trust me when I say that I consider …

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Sex Matters Gives Women the Blueprint They Need to Demand the Healthcare They Deserve

I’ve spent the past 20 years writing about female sexual health. For the majority of that time, I suspected that I was suffering from some form of female sexual dysfunction, both because of “low” libido levels and because of painful intercourse. The male-dominated medical establishment wasn’t providing any answers. The desire to fix myself drove …

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