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Fight Like a Girl

How to Be a Fearless Feminist

By Megan Seely

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Format: Hardcover, 279 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 15 January 2007
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An accessible overview of the womens movement, including timelines, suggested reading and numerous ways for young people to get active and make a difference.
— "Newsday," Read-worthy How-to Book of the Week

"With her guide addressed to a generation of girls who have grown up 'denying feminism but embracing its rewards, ' the youngest woman ever elected president of the California chapter of NOW seeks to make feminism palatable for a generation put off by outmoded images of unshaven legs and burning bras. . . . This is a thorough, thought-provoking introduction."
— "Publishers Weekly"

...Seely dispels the notion that there are secrets to successful organizing by creating a step by step, compelling manual that challenges even the cynical.
— "Feminist Review"

The so-called third wave — the newest generation involved in the women's movement — faces an uphill battle in getting people to listen up, partly because of knee-jerk negative reactions to the f-word: feminist. In fact, says Seely, I'm not a feminist, but . . . has become a common qualifier among young people who support the principles of equality but don't want to be associated with words like militant or butch. Seely addresses this stumbling block and many others, including discord within the movement due to racial and generational differences. She provides an accessible overview of the women's movement, including timelines, suggested reading and numerous ways for young people to get active and make a difference.
— "Newsday" (How-To Book of the Week)

A primer on thewomens movement that brims with reading and film lists, web resources, and worthy reminders. . . . Textbook-y in the best way. . . . Several appendices give practical adviceIts the perfect gift for the burgeoning activist in your life.
— "Bitch"

Megan Seely is a feminist force of nature. Her book is an intelligent, volcanic eruption of facts and analysis on the status of women and girls today. It's a compelling call to take action for equality that made me feel exactly as I did thirty years ago when I first became a feminist."
— Helen Grieco, Executive Director, California National Organization for Women

Fight Like a Girl is a much-needed primer and call to action for the next generation of feminist activists. In this regressive cultural climate, it's more important than ever to speak loudly and proudly about the work we're doing and what still needs to be done.
— Lisa Jervis, co-founder and publisher of "Bitch"

An amazing and comprehensive resource. . . . Serving as both an introduction to feminism and a blueprint for whats next for the movement, Fight Like a Girl is simply invaluable.
— "Bay Windows"

"Seely, the youngest elected president of California's chapter of the National Organization for Women, combines her own story of third-wave feminism with an overview of the feminist movement and words to guide others. Third-wave feminists are aware of both the victories won by earlier feminists and the problems of class, race, sexual orientation, and internationalism that must still be overcome. This book weaves a deep respect for the foremothers with commonsense discussion of current obstacles and suggestions for direct action, resulting in awork that reminds us of what too many activists forget-every progressive movement has a long history, few organizing tricks are new, and problems must be understood before they can be solved. Seely includes booklists, time lines, web sites, and how-to tips that will help readers over the bridge from her insights to real world activism. For midsize to larger public libraries, academic libraries, and all feminist collections."
— "Library Journal"

Serving as both an introduction to feminism and a blueprint for whats next for the movement, Fight like a girl is simply invaluable.
— "Bay Windows"

"Want to know what it means to be a feminist of the third wave? Megan Seely's Fight Like a Girl is the answer; theres enough information here to make you angry and enough resources to make you an effective activist."
— Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, co-authors of "Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future"

Always engaging, interesting, and insightful. Fascinating and sure to engage many young women!
— Sherrie A. Inness, editor of "Action Chicks"

The resources, helpful hints about organizing and working with the press, the short bios of companies and fabulous feminists are great!
— Caryn Aviv, co-editor of "American Queer, Then and Now"

"Fight Like a Girl is packed with both information and inspiration for young women by a young woman who knows her stuff. It's a terrific practical feminist resource book with an optimistic attitude that says in clear language, 'You're in charge of your life and here's how to stay that way.'"
— Gloria Feldt, former president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and author of "The War onChoice: The Right-Wing Attack on Women's Rights and How to Fight Back"

Fight Like A Girl offers a fearless vision for the future of feminism. By boldly detailing what is at stake for women and girls today, Megan Seely outlines the necessary steps to achieve true political, social and economic equity for all. Reclaiming feminism for a new generation, Fight Like A Girl speaks to young women who embrace feminism in substance but not necessarily in name.

With an eye toward what it takes to create actual change, Seely offers a practical guide for how to get involved, take action and wage successful events and campaigns.

The book is full of valuable resources for novice and committed activists alike, including such features as How to Write a Press Release, Guidelines to a Good Media Interview, A Feminist Shopping Guide, and a list of over 100 Fabulous Feminist Resources, including organizations, websites, and events to attend. Each chapter is full of ideas, both big and small, for ways to get involved, get active, and make a difference.

Exploring such issues as body image and self-acceptance, education and empowerment, health and sexuality, political representation, economic justice, and violence against women, Fight Like A Girl looks at the challenges that women and girls face while emphasizing the strength that they independently, and collectively, embody. Seely delves into the politics of the feminist movement, exploring both womens history and current day realities with easy-to-follow lists and timelines like those on Women Who Made A Difference, Chronology of the U.S. Womens Movement, and Dos and Donts for Young Feminists.

A Third Wave manifesto as well as an introduction to feminism for a new generation, Fight Like A Girl is a powerful blueprint for young women today.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPreface: How I Became a Teenage Activist The F-Word:An Introduction 1. Fight Like a Girl 2. Catch a Wave 3. A Movement for Everyone 4. At the Table 5. Good Enough 6. Knock 'Em Up . . .Knock 'Em Down 7. Fighting Back 8. . . . Like a Girl Appendix A:Timeline and Checklist for Action Appendix B: Building an Activist Kit Appendix C: How to Write a Press Release Appendix D: Guidelines to a Good Media InterviewAppendix E:Guidelines to Creating and Earning Effective Media Appendix F: Feminist Shopping Guide Appendix G:Where to Donate Stuff Notes Bibliography Index About the Author

About the Author

Megan Seely is a third wave feminist and activist. She was the youngest-ever elected president of California National Organization for Women, serving two terms from 2001 to 2005. An activist from a very young age she has been involved in community organizing and feminist activism on local, state, and national levels. She lives and teaches in northern California.

EAN: 9780814740019
ISBN: 0814740014
Publisher: New York University Press
Dimensions: 24.28 x 14.88 x 2.36 centimetres (0.48 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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