She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality

Grand Central. Aug. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781538737002. $28. POL SCI
Hill (D-CA) was elected to Congress in 2019, winning a seat that was previously under decades of Republican control. She resigned later that year, after becoming a victim of cyber exploitation. After her resignation, Hill focused on empowering women to run for public office and raising awareness of misogynistic institutions. In this debut, she presents an overview of the ways in which sexism and ingrained gender roles have negatively impacted society in the United States. Next, she explores specific areas upon which women’s empowerment efforts should focus, including money, workplace, bodies, safety, and home. For each area, Hill describes legislative history, current events, and calls to action going forward. Additionally, she incorporates moving stories from her own experiences, including her service in the House of Representatives, her relationship with her abusive ex-husband, and her decision to resign. Unfortunately, Hill gives only a cursory examination of how these issues affect marginalized communities. She ends with a call to elect more women to public office and encourages readers to take action.
VERDICT An empowering introduction to key issues facing women; however, readers familiar with current events will be unlikely to discover new material. For readers interested in feminism and political activism.
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