What we're reading, watching, listening to and more!
We are always asked by our friends what books or movies they should watch to learn more about feminism or women's rights. So we asked our staff from Nairobi to London and from Beijing to the United States, for their top picks of books, movies, TV shows and podcasts that discuss the state of women’s rights and the work of Equality Now. And here is what they came up with, enjoy!
Exit! by Grizelda Grootboom
Grizelda’s account of her life in prostitution in South Africa, and her escape from it all. Now an activist, she hopes to heal and set an example for others to follow.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Small and perfectly formed, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay explores feminism in the twenty-first century, and why we all still desperately need it.
ERA of Ignition by Amber Tamblyn
A passionate and deeply personal exploration of feminism during divisive times by actor, filmmaker, and activist Amber Tamblyn.
On the Basis of Sex
An inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.
#LegalEquality #ERANow #UnitedStates
Jaha Dukureh, a survivor of FGM and forced child marriage, became a lightning-rod for change in the Gambia, her activism contributing to the eventual government ban on FGM and child marriage. Here she confronts her past, her family, her culture, her religion, her country and its leaders.
A unique documentary about trafficking and the difficulties and complexities of learning how to deal with life after horrific abuse by slave owners and men looking to exploit sex with underage girls. All of this unpacked in a way that communicates cross-culturally and proves the connectivity in the human spirit.
The Handmaid’s Tale
A woman forced into sexual servitude struggles to survive in a terrifying, totalitarian society.
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care.
By the Podcast Rough Translation
Two sisters attempt to use a 19th century novelist to outwit modern Pakistani restrictions on women.
This is Actually Happening Podcast (in Spanish)
The uncanny, extraordinary, true stories of events that have dramatically altered the lives of ordinary people.
Find out what happens when women break the rules and the unwritten expectations of how we should live our lives.
Do you have any suggestions for us to share next month? Please send them to us, we’d love to hear from you!