The “F” word – no, not the four letter one – perhaps one that is even more controversial – FEMINISM. It’s one of those words whose true meaning has been so perverted that rather than being empowering, it often stirs up negative connotations. In Girl Drive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism, Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein sought to find its meaning.
Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein are childhood friends who came up with the concept for Girldrive. In 2007, the ladies set off on a cross-country road trip visiting cities including Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tulsa, Austin, Las Vegas, Jackson Hole, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Provincetown and New York, among others. Interviewing about 200 women, Nona and Emma wondered what feminism meant to them and asked questions such as “What do young women care about? What are their hopes, worries and ambitions? Have they heard of feminism, and do they relate to it?”
When I received Girldrive from the publisher, I immediately started reading – I was intrigued, and wanted to know what other young women thought about feminism. Girldrive is a very quick read and you don’t need to read it in order – you can hop around from city to city. The book includes text and lots of photos that the ladies took on their road trip. The photos help to bring each woman’s story to life. You can purchase Girldrive on Amazon.com.
For a chance to win a free copy of Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism, just leave a comment below letting us know what feminism means to you. The contest is open for one week and all comments must be up by Tuesday, March 23rd midnight PST. Contestants and shipping address must be in the U.S.
I had the chance to meet Nona Willis Aronowitz a few weeks ago in San Francisco – stay tuned for a video interview and Women Making History feature.
- SF: “Girldrive” Reading at Modern Times Bookstore
- M.I.S.S. TV: Interview with Nona Willis Aronowitz, Author of Girldrive
- Women Making History: Nona Willis Aronowitz
- In Conversation: Gloria Steinem and Suheir Hammad
- Nails Did: OPI Touring America Collection