September 2018 Related Resources: Stories of Strong Women (Part One)
Our resources this week focus on two of our September selections, Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists. All of our topics give a great springboard to dive deeper into topics discussed in these selections, including multiple viewpoints. Some stories that were shared in these selections, such as that of Mary Lauterbach and Jyoti Singh, are difficult to read, so please consider your own triggers when clicking on those links. We hope you enjoy this first round of resources!
RESOURCES RELATED TO WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS
View Adichie’s original TEDXEuston talk on which her book was based.
In “The Danger of a Single Story”, Adichie explains that “[o]ur lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. [She] tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”
Audio from Adichie's talk was included in Beyoncé's 2013 song "***Flawless". Adichie was credited with a featured role on the track.
Adichie mentions that she read as many of the “classic feminist texts” as she could get her hands on. Here are a few lists that may include some classic and contemporary reads she could have picked up.
Want some tips on how to raise empathetic children in regard to feminist ideas? This article from The New York Times explains how to encourage all children to fight against stereotypes and create an equitable society.
In 2015, every 16-year-old in Sweden received a copy of Adichie’s book!
In 2016, Christian Dior jumped in on the conversation by including Adichie at Paris Fashion Week.
Need some inspiration this week? Check out these favorite quotes from Adichie’s TEDxtalk and book.
RESOURCES RELATED TO MEN EXPLAIN THINGS TO ME
Check out Rebecca Solnit’s essay “Men Explain Things to Me” with a new introduction!
Recently, Newsweek connected Solnit’s essay with the #MeToo movement.
Has anything changed for women in India years after Jyoti Singh’s gang-rape and murder?
“Women Strike for Peace (WSP) was formed in 1961 after over 50,000 women across the country marched for peace and against above ground testing of nuclear weapons.” Learn more about this organization’s impact and two of its founders, Bella Abzug and Dagmar Wilson.
Solnit is credited for creating the term “mansplaining”. Never heard of it before? This chart will help you understand what it is, and if you are doing it. At Academic Men Explain Things to Me, women share instances where they have experienced “mansplaining”, and this article shares subtle forms of mansplaining that women experience each day.