Book Review: Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism

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My rating: 5 out of 5

Jennifer Baumgardnder and Amy Richards do it again, and this time, they do it even better.

Their first book together was called Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, and it was filled with wonderful information all about Third Wave feminism. They went on a book tour to promote their book (I even went to see them when they came to Swarthmore a few years ago – sadly, I was the only non-student in the audience.) This current book was borne of their experiences on that tour, when constantly bombarded with the question, “What can I do?”

And let me tell you, this book delivers in answering that question. Baumgardner and Richards explore a multitude of ideas on what one can do to make a difference in the world.

The chapters each focus on a theme – high school kids, college kids, being an activist at work, being an activist when you don’t have a network like school or work to tap into, etc. There are several in-depth (but highly readable) stories in each chapter about things real people have done in real places, with real results. The last third of the book is an appendix listing all the organizations mentioned in each chapter, with contact information.

This is a great book for anyone who’s ever wondered, “How can I make a difference?” but not had the creativity, resources, or time to figure it out for herself. Start with this book, and learn about the good each of us can do (in small and large ways) to change the world for the better.