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Remember – A Poem for Women’s Day

I was asked to write a poem about Women’s Day and while I believe that it is pitiful to celebrate Women’s Day and pretend for one day that we live in an equal society. But my feelings aside, the words came, and I was grateful to be given the opportunity to deliver it this morning. 60 years of “You strike a woman, you strike a rock” 60 years of “Help” “I’m sorry” “No” “Please don’t” 60 years of “You must have liked it” “You should have covered up” “You asked for it” “Shhh, don’t tell anyone” 60 years of inequality fear betrayal pain The end of the facade The rise...

Review: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Synopsis: Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000-2009 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence. Rating: 8/10 Opinion of the book: I read The Color Purple as part of the Emma Watson Book Club Challenge, sw. This is a book that I’ve always wanted to read but I...

Fictional Heroine: April Ludgate from ‘Parks and Recreation’

It’s almost a year since Parks and Recreation aired their final episode, and of course there are late bloomers like me that only just finished watching the series. But watching Parks is an experience, it’s a learning curve, it’s an inspiration. So naturally I would find a character that I would gravitate towards, that I would relate to, and for most people that would be the amazing Leslie Knope – driven, enthusiastic, ambitious, assertive – but for me, it was Parks’ Debbie Downer – April Ludgate....

What I Learnt From Reading ‘My Life on the Road’ by Gloria Steinem

So a month or so ago, I wrote about my #100FemaleAuthors challenge which I started in correlation with Emma Watson’s feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, as of now, I’ve currently completed two books in the one-a-month challenge, but I thought I’d write a bit about what I learnt from January’s book – My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and one of the most inspiring leaders in the world—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of how her early years led her to live an on-the-road kind of life, traveling, listening to people, learning, and creating change. She reveals...

The 100 Female Authors Challenge

I would like to say a lot of thought goes into what I choose to read, but it’s usually randomly picked around the books that I have accumulated both digitally and physically and which I had not gotten around to read yet. Last year I focused a lot on book series, reading ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ series alongside various other books, but this year via the magic of Emma Watson I decided to put a little bit more focus in what I read. Besides being a feminist, I did not realise how much I chose to read the voices of men instead of...