A Woman’s Place: Inside the Fight for a Feminist Future

North Atlantic. Jul. 2020. 208p. ISBN 9781623174842. pap. $16.95. SOC SCI
Journalist Cheung explores what it means to identify as an intersectional feminist in the age of Trump. The first chapter dismantles the idea that one event characterizes a movement, as the author effectively argues that change happens through small acts of resistance and the multiple strategies used to disrupt the status quo. She notes that the choice not to be political is “inherently political,” a statement that serves in some ways as a thesis for the book, which spotlights ways in which her personal and political choices overlap. Additionally, she offers well-documented historical, legal, and contextual details to expand on her experiences and acknowledge her relative privilege and access in many situations. Cheung returns to the point that “almost no one is fully victim or oppressor in the patriarchy,” as she delves into issues including the wage gap, access to abortion, reproductive justice, and sexual violence, suggesting that gendered experiences are, again, complicatedly intersectional and therefore require solutions that move beyond either/or.
VERDICT Accessible and important, this resource would be a suitable addition to introductory-level women’s, gender, and sexuality studies courses, and will also appeal to readers interested in expanding on or challenging narratives about the waves of feminism.
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