What are you reading or listening to these days? Do you find yourself at the end of a good book or an interesting podcast and wonder what should come next. Well good news, it’s time for your latest round up of recommendations from our staff and supporters for books, movies, TV shows, podcasts and more that act as a megaphone to women’s rights. Enjoy – and if you have any top tips then send them our way.
Crossfire: A Litany for Survival by Staceyann Chin
Powerhouse, world-renowned, LGBTQ poet and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin curates the first full-length collection of her poems. Crossfire collects Staceyann Chin’s empowering, feminist-LGBTQ-Caribbean, activist-driven poetry for the first time in a single book.
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a childhood friend, a new mother who wanted to know how to raise her baby girl to be a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response: fifteen invaluable suggestions—direct, wryly funny, and perceptive—for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. Filled with compassionate guidance and advice, it gets right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century, and starts a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.
Beyond the Fields by Aysha Baqir
A gripping tale of resilience and reclaiming honor in which the rape of a fifteen-year-old girl living in a remote village of Pakistan drives her twin sister on a dangerous quest for justice. Set in the early 1980s against the backdrop of martial law and social turmoil, Beyond the Fields brings up close the fears and hopes of women in Pakistan. It is a riveting and timely look at profound inequality, traditions that disempower women in our world, and survival as a dance to the beat of a different future.
Roll Red Roll
This compelling documentary follows the 2012 Steubenville, Ohio rape case, putting social media and high school football culture in the spotlight.
Despite public humiliation and resistance, an entrepreneur markets a hygienic, low-cost sanitary pad that even India’s poorest women can afford.
My Wife’s Girlfriend
A Georgian TV Series about Nina, Tina and Kato who are childhood friends. Nina is a housewife, Tina is a feminist and Kato is a old event manager. Covers the everyday life of a woman in the country of Georgia from feminism to issues of domestic violence. (Only available in Georgian)
After a young woman is accused of lying about a rape, two female detectives investigate a spate of eerily similar attacks. Inspired by true events.
Juana Inés de la Cruz, a powerful feminist nun involved in a forbidden love affair with a woman, faces oppression in 17th-century Mexico.
Amendment by Ani DiFranco
In honor of Ani DiFranco’s birthday last month, check out this song she wrote about the Equal Rights Amendment.
MEN Podcast from Scene On Radio
What’s up with this male-dominated world? How did we get sexism, patriarchy, misogyny in the first place? How can we get better at seeing it, and what can we do about it? Co-hosts John Biewen and Celeste Headlee explore those questions and more. Scene on Radio is a podcast from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University distributed by PRX.
Do you have any suggestions for us to share next month? Please send them to us, we’d love to hear from you!