We Marched…Now What?

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The Women’s March on Washington was a huge success! While it is nice to march, it is important to think about what to do after the march. I’ve rounded up a few books that I think would be perfect to read as you are looking to take action on the issues that led you to march.

A reading list for putting the march into practice.

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Week in Review: What I Read September 1-12

  1. Fitness vs. Fashion (NYT): As working out becomes more of a fad (see Yogalates, Zumba, Pure Barre, SoulCycle), everyone is trying to make money from it. With this, there has been a shift in what we wear to the gym. It’s no longer acceptable to work out in a ratty t-shirt; we must instead dress like workout Barbie and look perfect while sweating. This article discusses the intersection of fashion and fitness. I found it interesting to see the way the two connect!
  2. Gloria Steinem’s Apartment (Refinery29): I’ve always been fascinated by Steinem’s life so it’s no surprise that I gobbled up the chance to look inside her home! This article is more fun for me since Steinem allowed Shelby Knox to live with her while her career was getting off the ground.  (I met Shelby at NCCWSL)
  3. Feminism and Formula (Observer): Remember that controversial Time cover a few months ago? Ever since then there has been pretty intense discussion in the blogosphere about the importance/irrelevance of breast-feeding. With the new laws in NY about formula, it’s more important than ever to have an opinion on the issue. Here’s an article that discusses why feminists should stop quibbling about whether breastfeeding is good for babies and start fighting for better formula.
  4. BIC Pens for Women! (Jezebel): In another instance of marketing stupidity, BIC decided to market “pens for women” in the UK. Women took to amazon and wrote hilarious reviews about the product. This one’s just a good mid-week pick-me-up!
  5. Memory Keepers (Delta Sky): If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know by now that I am in library school at UNC Chapel Hill. I decided to go to library school in part because I want to work in federal libraries so this article discussing the Library of Congress is right up my alley! Check it out for a peek at what goes on in a federal library, plus some great library pictures!
  6. Class Size of One (WSJ): As public school graduation rates become more abysmal, it’s not surprising that some parents choose different options for their children. The Wall Street Journal looked into the growing trend of for-profit companies creating schools where students are in classes one-on-one with their teachers. This is supposed to create new opportunities for students who struggle in the traditional classroom environment. While I’m not convinced of these school’s effectiveness, it makes for an interesting read!

Book Review: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon


The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Published  2011

Summary: Like many memoirs written since the fall of the Taliban, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the story of an Afghanistani woman who disobeyed the strict regime and made a way for herself and the women of her village. In this case, Kamila sets up a small dressmaking factory in the midst of Taliban-controlled Kabul so that she can provide for her family. Selling through the local tailors, the women’s business thrives. As word spreads among the women’s community, young girls flood to Kamila’s house to beg for work. Determined to help all of them in any way that she can she decides to open a school where she will instruct the girl’s in the basics of tailoring so that they will be able to make their own money. Taking the education a step further, Kamila begins working with the UN to education women about business and the Qu’ran. When the Taliban are overthrown, Kamila works with the new aid agencies to re-establish peace in Afghanistan.

Bechdel Test?: Absolutely passes. The women talk amongst themselves about everything from money, to family, to politics.

Strangest Part?: Hearing about the Titanic fever was hilarious. Apparently when VHS tapes of Titanic hit Afghanistan, men began cutting their hair in “the Leo” and the Taliban had to outlaw the haircut. Any men caught with the floppy hair were taken to the barber for a buzz cut.

Rating: 2/5
I’m not loving it. Maybe it’s because I’m in a class on Afghanistan right now (HIST 391: Afghanistan and Central Asia) but this book feels like a million others only less interesting. There has been a major uptick in books about Afghanistan since 9/11 and this is one in the series. It looks only about the surface-level problems in Afghanistan, like women’s education and empowerment. While I agree these things are absolutely essential to nation building, so are roads, access to clean water and basic medicine!

Week in Review: What I Read

I inadvertendly culled together a list of feminist articles this week — probably because I have been thinking about B-school admissions for women!  Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading on the web this week:

  1. Keeping Your Maiden Name Could Be Strictly Business: An interesting article about the relative feminism of keeping your last name after marriage. It’s interesting that something that once denoted such a feminist statement has become a career move!
  2. The Fat Envelope Please: It’s no surprise that there has been an uptick in college applications, but what is surprising is that there are so many more females applying than men. Suddenly, what used to help get you into school (being a girl) has turned into what may keep you from getting in.
  3. Firebombing Clinics is Not That Funny: While we may disagree on the politics of Planned Parenthood, I’m hoping we can all agree that violence is never the answer. What exactly was putting lives in danger supposed to prove — that the clinic should take lives? A little strange, no?
  4. Young Consumers Switch Media 27 Times an Hour: As a social media intern for several different companies I constantly switch between platforms to get my news and keep up with the latest trend. These findings didn’t surprise me but they do make me concerned about what will happen to digital natives when they are forced to “uni-task”!

What I Read

1. Judging Books By Their Covers: US vs UK : This post had me at its title alone, but it gets so much better than that! Analyzing the differences between bestselling books across the pond, the article reveals how much a book’s cover affects the buyer’s perception!

2. Josh Groban Sings Kanye West Tweets : I linked the article because it was where I found the video below–but seriously
the video is the main attraction. How cute is he?

3. Twilight is Now Require Reading for a College Level Honors English Class : How did this happen? When did this
happen? Can we all agree this shouldn’t have happened?

4. Kindle e-books Will Add Page Numbers : Okay, so this is more of a news story. But I’m over-the-moon
that now I can buy books for class on my kindle and actually be able to find where the class is looking
during discussions!

5. Literature’s Gender Gap: I find it fascinating how few men will read female authors– do you
find this odd?

BONUS LINK THIS WEEK!

6. Mattel Launches Digital Campaign Aiming to Reunite Barbie & Ken : Just how far will companies go to gain attention?
First Mattel broke them up over the internet, now they’re getting back together?! Give it a rest.

 

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