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How Fight Like a Girl Author Laura Barcella Drops the #FWord

Feminism is the #FWord everyone is talking about, whether its a news story or pop culture moment related to women’s rights. Observing this cultural discussion, author Laura Barcella set out to identify the voices that matter – from icons of the feminist movement to today’s game changing women. In Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World she has created a primer on gender equality, filled with wit, insights, and inspiration from the women on the front lines of feminism. Saturday she joins us for a brunch and book signing (RSVP for that here!), ahead her personal take on feminism and why she’s taken a stand for it.

“Fight Like a Girl” is bold title, can you explain what lead you to write the book?

I wrote “Fight Like a Girl” as a sort of feminist primer on 50 kick-ass women throughout history — a book I desperately needed when I was a teenager. I didn’t want it to exist solely as a refresher course on a bunch of things people already know about Big Names they’re already familiar with (for that reason, some mainstays weren’t included, like Gloria Steinem). I wanted the book to showcase the valuable work of the lesser-known underdogs alongside the power icons.

It sounds like you’ve spent a lot of time tracing the steps of inspiring women. What’s one of the things you picked up on your journey to write the book?

Don’t believe everything you think.

Okay. So what do you believe feminism stands for? 

It means equality for women in everything we do, say, and strive for. It also means acknowledging the breadth of who we are and what we need, and working on ways to help us ALL get there. I also believe that feminism should be big, inclusive, and intersectional — not just focused on the concerns of young white women.

You’ve written over 100 pages on feminists. What pages do you turn to for #FWord inspiration?

The Portable Dorothy Parker is one of my all-time forever favorites!