Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World

HarperOne. May 2019. 320p. notes. ISBN 9780062892560. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062892638. POL SCI
Advocate and grassroots activist Watts has transformed the way we talk about gun violence on social media and at the policy level by founding the company Moms Demand Action. Her debut book offers a way into activism tailored specifically to the needs and realities of mothers. In the author’s words, this is part “manifesto, memoir, and manual.” The tips provided are practical and interspersed with stories from Watts’s own political awakening and the ensuing route she took into creating a platform for change, walking readers through an activism toolkit of sorts, which includes ideas for working with volunteers and knowing the facts, and weaves in advice to help women let go of the culturally constructed tendency to undermine or undersell their worth. For instance, women are encouraged to take ownership of their identity as moms, embracing the wisdom and empathy that role can impart. Some of the language might seem cutesy (such as MOMentum); however, the book is written in an empowering way and designed to meet people where they are, to view large-scale social change as something that starts at the personal level.
VERDICT An inspiring read for budding activists.

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