Mikki Kendall| Nonfiction, 2020
Deenie was a roommate senior year in college. She introduced me to the concept of feminism. Being one of a handful of women in the Business School at the University of Michigan, I immediately glommed on to what she was teaching me. That was 46 years ago.
Hood Feminism is like a long consciousness-raising session on feminism, elaborating on all the ways we (White & privileged) feminists have ignored the full scope of women in the world, and have let women down. I love what Kendall says in her interview with Trevor Noah (yes, surely worth the 7:10 commitment...) https://youtu.be/D4DaBn4uHi4 “If we are going to do feminism for all women, we have to make sure that the poorest women have everything they need to survive.”
In Hood Feminism, Kendall addresses a myriad of topics, including, but not limited to, hunger, murder, housing, gun violence, reproductive justice, poverty, parenting, education, patriarchy, allies, fears, and fierceness.
If you consider yourself a feminist, and/or simply are committed to social justice, this is a book you must read. It will expand your perspective significantly. At least, it did mine.