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A discussion group dedicated to feminist reading from the Library's Steinem Sisters Collection.
The Soul of a Woman by Isabel Allende
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“When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating,” begins Isabel Allende. As a child, she watched her mother, abandoned by her husband, provide for her three small children without “resources or voice.” Isabel became a fierce and defiant little girl, determined to fight for the life her mother couldn’t have.
As a young woman coming of age in the late 1960s, she rode the second wave of feminism. Among a tribe of like-minded female journalists, Allende for the first time felt comfortable in her own skin, as they wrote “with a knife between our teeth” about women’s issues. She has seen what the movement has accomplished in the course of her lifetime. And over the course of three passionate marriages, she has learned how to grow as a woman while having a partner, when to step away, and the rewards of embracing one’s sexuality.
So what feeds the soul of feminists—and all women—today? To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over our bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved. On all these fronts, there is much work yet to be done, and this book, Allende hopes, will “light the torches of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished.”
The Steinem Sisters Collection is a feminist collection that explores the lives and achievements of women. Created to honor Gloria Steinem, the collection champions the historical, cultural and political contribution of women; and strives to provide a welcoming space for women of all walks of life to share their truths. The types of materials we collect are first and foremost “feminist materials”- which are those materials that uphold women’s rights and interests in defining and promoting political, economic, personal and social equality of the sexes. This collection was made possible due to a generous donation by The Steinem’s Sisters Collective.
AGE GROUP: | Adults (18+) |
EVENT TYPE: | Book Groups |
TAGS: | womenshistory | branchbookgroup | bigidea |
|Mon, Jun 05||9:00AM to 8:30PM|
|Tue, Jun 06||9:00AM to 8:30PM|
|Wed, Jun 07||9:00AM to 8:30PM|
|Thu, Jun 08||9:00AM to 8:30PM|
|Fri, Jun 09||9:00AM to 5:30PM|
|Sat, Jun 10||9:00AM to 5:30PM|
|Sun, Jun 11||Closed|