Quote of the Day – March 24, 2017

I have come to realize making yourself happy is most important. Never be ashamed of how you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion you want, and do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.”

Demi Lovato

Reflect & Resist: Books To Read During The Continued Fight

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As we continue to educate and reflect over these first 100 days, the Women’s March team wants us to commit ourselves to continue focusing on what is currently going on and how we can educate others to be more tolerant. So part of the 10 Actions/100 Days campaign, we are one Action 5: Reflect & Resist. This action is asking us to read and talk about what we have read with others:

Action five is designed to educate some, and refresh others, through study, reflection, and courageous conversations, so that we can all be empowered by, and learn from, the work of activists who came before us, while being mindful not to perpetuate the mistakes of the past. Community is key to activism, so bring your huddles, neighbors, and your march partners back together, collectively choose a book or article to read, or film to watch. Take time to reflect and, together, discuss the topics that they highlight and the issues that women experiencing multiple forms of oppression have faced and continue to face. Below, we’ve selected five titles from each category to help you get started. We encourage you to choose a resource you feel will challenge you most.”

A lot of these books, articles, and movies focus on the feminist movement. But books that and articles that get the conversation going I believe are ideal for this action. So here are the campaign’s suggestions to help you get started:

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Quote of the Day – March 23, 2017

Every woman I know, particularly the senior ones, has been called too aggressive at work. We know in gender blind studies that men are more aggressive in their offices than women. We know that. Yet we’re busy telling all the women that they’re too aggressive. That’s the issue.”

-Sheryl Sandberg

Quote of the Day – March 22, 2017

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Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.”

– Hillary Clinton

Weekly Tea Discussions Have Their Own Page!

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Love reading my weekly tea discussions? Well, now you can find them all one one page! You can find all my weekly tea discussions here:

Weekly Tea Discussions

Is there is a topic or a question you would like for me discuss here? You’ll find a contact form at the bottom of the page. Just submit a topic and see if it makes on my blog!

Happy Reading!

Quote of the Day – March 21, 2017

 Women ought to have representatives, instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government”

-Mary Wollstonecraft

We Book Lovers Will Be Losers If the NEA and NEH Goes

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As book lovers we pride ourselves in all the organizations and events that help support our favorite pastime. However, there are people who still don’t think that these proposed budget cuts will not affect them. These organizations support amazing programs and provide great resources that most people don’t have the opportunity to experience. Still not convinced? Courtesy of BookRiot, take a look at all the great book-related programs we  risk losing if organizations like the NEA and the NEH disappear.

 

National Book Festival – An public annual literary event, sponsored by the NEA and IMLS (Institute of Museums and Library Services), that brings book-lovers and authors together for different activities ranging from author talks to book signings.

 

NEA Big Read – A national program that provides grants that fund community-based organizations which encourages reading and participation in diverse populations. Books like Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez are examples of great works that were chosen for the program.

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Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Format:  Paperback

Pages: 589 pages

Published: May 14 , 2013

Publisher: Anchor

Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Synopsis:
“Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland. “
As a constant victim of book hype, I  think by now I would have learned my lesson. But alas, I am again here to tell another cautionary tale. Most of my book-lover friends, all the press that it received, pointed Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in the right direction to be another great read on my bookshelf. Unfortunately, this long book was excruciating to go through.

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Quote of the Day – March 20, 2017

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”

― Jane Austen

Quote of the Day – March 19, 2017

If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.

-Sojourner Truth