"What is NOW?" Two Books for Young Feminists

Erika Levy, Board Member

We get it. Not everyone knows who we are. Being a legacy organization that has been around since 1966 doesn't always mean much if you were born after say . . . 1980.

Don't worry, I was one of those people. I didn't know about NOW until I was in my early twenties. I was lucky enough to spend 2 years at a wonderful women's college in the heart of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, but prior to that, I didn't really have a "crash course" in feminism and women's history. Although the organization has been around since 1966, it's only been in my heart in mind for about 10 years and I've only been a member since January 2017.

So worry not young feminists. . . there's actually some really great (NOT BORING) reading that can get you the "everything you need to know" on not just NOW, but women's history and it's relevance to today's modern political climate.

I'm going to keep this list short and the descriptions shorter. Just trust me on this one. Hit your local library, bookstore, or your favorite "dot com" to check out these titles. Then remember that sharing is caring and pass along to your friends.


#1: "When Everything Changed" by Gail Collins


This is by far my #1 recommendation for a young feminist in a hurry. I could not put this book down when I first got it. Gives a very thorough, but brief, run through of key players in the 1960s and onward that created the movements we see today. If you like reading about "what life was like back then" you'll also like that about this book. (Amazon Link)



#2: "My Life on the Road" by Gloria Steinem


If you're into biographies this will be a good read for you. Gloria Steinem does it all; feminist, journalist, and social political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the 60s and 70s. (Amazon Link)