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“Girl Drive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism” Book Review & Give Away

"Girl Drive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism" Book Review & Give Away

"Girl Drive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism" Book Review & Give Away

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

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.

Girldrive trailer! from Girldrive on Vimeo.

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6 Responses to ““Girl Drive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism” Book Review & Give Away”

  1. Sam510 says:

    To me, feminism is simply having the right to choose. It is the recognition that women lives are their own. And despite biological differences, women and men are equally to gain from feminism.

  2. Donna Fleischer says:

    Having been a radical feminist all of my life, suffice it to say that for me feminism today means anything that benefits women.

  3. Jennifer Varma says:

    Feminism means stepping back and digging through to find who women are behind the mother, co worker, caregiver, PTA president, business associate, and multitasker.

  4. Jackie says:

    Feminism means bringing equality to not just women, but everyone. It is men and women being able to achieve the same goals and have the same rights. It is bringing new equality to all minorities; providing everyone with the same opportunities in life.

  5. Marian McDonald says:

    I have identified as a feminist for 40 years, since reading “Sexual Politics” in 1970. My personal struggles with career, financial equity, and shared parenting have reinforced the basic message I had not before that moment been aware of: as a female I would be depreciated for life.

    Sad to say, I see too many in the current generation as oblivious to why a commitment to feminism is crucial. I worry they don’t see how their reproductive freedom gives them at the very least authority over their own bodies, one small achievement while the battles for equal pay, participation in government and churches, etc., continue.

    Women’s voices should not remain scant and wobbly, drowned out by spirit-crushing mockery and censorship. As committed feminists, we can demonstrate that we do have power.

  6. Feminism for me is understanding who I am, its understanding and being aware of all the complexities that it is to be a woman, its knowing our herstory. For me its finding strength and producing change through knowledge, never remaining ignorant.


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