During the third presidential debate, I was on a business trip in North Carolina with three of my then-coworkers (and still some of the most badass, phenomenal women I know). We were sitting in our AirBnB, sipping wine, and audibly groaning every time Donald Trump opened his mouth. But we were stunned into silence when he uttered the words “such a nasty woman” while Hillary Clinton was speaking.
From the beginning of his campaign, Trump has shown the world that he does not care for or respect women, despite what he may claim. Furthermore, he does not care for or respect any marginalized group in society. And when the election results came in and Trump won the electoral vote, the world reverberated in a moment of fear and silence– before bursting out into powerful, phenomenal resistance.
The book Nasty Woman consists of a collection of essays from women that share their stories, their fears, and their passions. Readers learn about sexual assault, familial femininity, shame, immigration, finding one’s voice in online spheres, and more. I was truly amazed at how a book could profoundly touch on so many important topics in only 240 pages.
The group of authors brought together in this anthology is diverse and incredibly intelligent. Each author brought something unique to the book, and I know that I’ll be following many of their careers now that I’ve finished the book.
I’m not sure how else to review this book, except to urge you all to go pick up a copy. Your life will be changed for the better– I know mine was.
PS. Huge shoutout to the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book for review via NetGalley.