A Woman’s Guide to Claiming Space: Stand Tall. Raise Your Voice. Be Heard.

Berrett-Koehler. Feb. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781523004188. pap. $19.95. SELF-HELP
Simultaneously a raw memoir and a call to action, this is a book designed to encourage women to stop making themselves small—even as systems enforce social, political, legal, and moral standards designed to shame women for being taking up space. The author, a teacher and speaker (TEDx Talk “Women, Power, and Revolutionary Speech”) draws on her experience as the child of a mother with schizophrenia who learned early to make herself invisible. The book is divided into five parts. VanCort begins with actual body choices, including posture and voice, then shifts her focus to collaborative or relational strategies (including both connecting and disconnecting), and offers strategies for staying safe without compromising in a world replete with mansplaining, microaggressions, and sexual violence.
VERDICT By turns intimate and inspiring, this title will empower any woman who has ever doubted her worth or her words, giving her new ways to think about why and how she can put herself more boldly in the world.
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