Contributors wanted for book on "everyday" feminist activism
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Call For Contributors
Beyond “Burning Bras”: Feminist Activism for Everyone
Contributors are needed to write personal reflections on their experience doing “everyday” feminist activism for new volume to be published by Greenwood Press is 2009.
Too often, feminists are stereotyped as bra-burning, man-hating radicals. Similarly, activists are seen as persons who engage in extreme activities, like chaining themselves to trees or fasting for months. These radical examples turn some people off of feminist activism, as they believe that if they are not doing something so big and extreme, they are doing nothing. But feminists engage in activism that is far less extreme but not necessarily less impactful on a daily basis. For instance, when an individual tells her colleagues that sexist jokes are offensive and unacceptable, that is feminist activism. When a high school student organizes a clothing drive at her school to benefit a local domestic shelter, that is feminist activism.
This book seeks to capture the myriad stories of everyday feminist activism. The goal is to share the experiences and celebrate the successes that we all can and have made in advancing gender equality. The book will inspire others to see that feminist activism is not only possible but necessary. It will prompt readers to stop seeing themselves as passive recipients of gender inequalities but as powerful agents of change.
The book will include nine categories or chapters: youth; environment; poverty/housing; violence; workplace; empowerment; arts; politics; and human bodies. Each chapter will include 5-10 entries of up to 1,000 words in length. These might include personal stories as well as poetry and other creative examples. Entries should be written in the “I” voice and should share with readers what you did or are currently doing, how you did it, your successes, your challenges, the impact to date, and other relevant information that will engage and inspire. Each contributor should also submit a brief biography. If you are willing, we ask that each contributor also include information on how motivated readers can contact you for more information. Additionally, if you have tips or ideas for everyday feminist activism or for teaching future activists, please feel free to share them.
For more information or to write an entry, please contact Dr. Laura Finley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Emily Stringer at email@example.com.
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