It’s International Women’s Day 2021. And while this song seems like an appropriate feel-good anthem for today, in Australia, this IWD comes on heels of several weeks of rape allegations and sexual assault reports within the Australian Parliament. But why not there? They occur in every other type of workplace. In every school. And in many homes.
I am too tired for rage this year. I have been angry about the misogyny and sexism that is rampant in my daily life for more than thirty years. And I am so very tired. So this song is more aspirational than it is accurate. But you never know, maybe one day.
I am not tired enough to keep fighting, though. To keep exposing sexism and misogyny for what it is, where it is, when it occurs. And to keep expanding my understanding of other people’s experiences. So if you want some great books to read by brilliant Australian/Australian-based women, here are a few of my faves for you to choose from. And if you can, please buy from your local indie bookstore.
Fight Like a Girl – Clementine Ford
This is What a Feminist Looks Like – Emily Maguire
Eggshell Skull – Bri Lee
The Fictional Woman – Tara Moss
Not Just Lucky – Jamila Rizvi
See What You Made Me Do – Jess Hill
Happy Never After – Jill Stark
Woman of Substances – Jenny Valentish
Your Own Kind of Girl – Clare Bowditch
and a special international mention from one of my best reads of 2020…
Know My Name – Chanel Miller