Feminist Sunday is a weekly roundup of all the articles/threads/news/discoveries that include or are about women which have caught my attention and/or interest.
As my time back home comes to a close I’m only just starting to appreciate the beauty of the English countryside. Going on a short walk through the Lincolnshire wolds the other day, I loved seeing the white snowdrops that are appearing everywhere and the beginnings of daffodils shooting up from the ground. I can almost smell spring coming. However, having said that this week has been so cold and in a lot of ways I can’t wait to leave. In terms of reading, I finished three books of non-fiction: Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine, Feel Free by Zadie Smith and The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.
A lot of the interesting feminist things on the web this week revolve around the centenary of women getting the vote! Here are my top ten picks:
- The 6th of February marked 100 years since some women – propertied and over the age of 30 – gained the right to vote in the UK. Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of the great Sylvia Pankhurst, published a book, Deeds Not Words, to reveal how far we have come since the suffragette movement and how far we still have to go. You can listen to her discussing her latest book on BBC Radio 2 here.
- The Stylist website, in celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage, posted a really interesting article which is worth a read on ‘Inspiring suffragettes you probably haven’t heard of’.
- The Evening Standard has collated a group of modern London-based suffragettes who are fighting for ‘equal pay, better boardrooms and cooler culture’. You can read the article here.
- Keeping to the theme of the centenary of the vote, read Merve Gunduz’s article on gal-dem.com: ‘Deeds not words’: the struggle for (some) women’s suffrage isn’t over yet’. A thought-provoking and personal piece on what the vote means to her and encouraging young and marginalised groups to engage in the democratic process today through the organisation Bite the Ballot.
- Continuing the #MeToo movement, LitHub looks at sexual discrimination in the literary world – Editorial Power Means Blowing Up The Machine From the Inside.
- The 2018 Stella Prize Longlist was announced earlier this week – a prize celebrating and showcasing the best of Australian women writers. Although I’m not going to attempt to read all of the entries, a couple caught my attention: The Fish Girl, a novella written by Mirandi Riwoe, is described as a subversive postcolonial work of fiction that tells the tale of a young Indonesian girl whose life is irrevocably changed when she moves from a small fishing village to work in the house of a Dutch merchant, and The Life to Come by Michelle de Krester, the author of Questions of Travel.
- Zadie Smith’s newest collection of essays, Feel Free, was published this week. With 31 pieces of writing from the past eight year, Smith’s topics are varied and eclectic. I was kindly given a copy by the publishers and will be posting my review on Wednesday.
- A writer I’ve been following for a while now on Twitter and Instagram, Zeba Talkhani, who was most recently published in the Nasty Women anthology and has a forthcoming memoir coming out next year, has started what she hopes to become a monthly newsletter which will encompass book reviews, lifestyle, travel and writing. You can find her first one here, which explores some of the texts that shaped her faith and feminism, and also sign up to receive it monthly in your inbox.
- Another artist I have been following on Instagram is Kimothy Joy. She makes really beautiful illustrations which include powerful words to drive social change and empower and celebrate women and girls. Her book, That’s What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women, will be out on April 3rd. Check out her work on Instagram.
- I am loving this list of 10 Female Caribbean Authors You Should Know on LitHub.