This Is How We Come Back Stronger
Feminist Writers On Turning Crisis Into Change
Feminist writers come together to respond to the crisis of 2020 in this unique collection of essays, interviews, and fiction.
Edited by Feminist Book Society
**20% of the price of EVERY BOOK SOLD goes direct to Women’s Aid and Imkaan**
Spring 2020. When everything changed. As life around the world retreated behind closed doors, gender inequalities and systemic racism were brought to new and shocking prominence. Womxn of all backgrounds and experiences were disproportionately affected by the crisis. Essential debate and action was, for a time, silenced. Then we re-emerged in protest and started to rethink our fight for equality.
So, what happens now?
Challenging, inspiring and fiercely optimistic, This Is How We Come Back Stronger is an intersectional feminist collection for our times. Published on the one-year anniversary of lockdown, writers from both sides of the Atlantic reflect on what matters most in these difficult days, and what the future can hold for us all.
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About the Book
Featuring original contributions from Akasha Hull, Amelia Abraham, Catherine Cho, Dorothy Koomson, Fatima Bhutto, Fox Fisher, Francesca Martinez, Gina Miller, Helen Lederer, Jenny Sealey, Jess Phillips, Jessica Moor, Jude Kelly, Juli Delgado Lopera, Juliet Jacques, Kate Mosse, Kerry Hudson, Kuchenga, Laura Bates, Lauren Bravo, Layla F. Saad, Lindsey Dryden, Lisa Taddeo, Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A. Carter, Michelle Tea, Mireille Cassandra Harper, Molly Case, Radhika Sanghani, Rosanna Amaka, Sara Collins, Sarah Eagle Heart, Shaz, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Sophie Williams, Stella Duffy, Virgie Tovar, Yomi Adegoke
20% of the cover price will go to the charities Women’s Aid and Imkaan in the fight to end domestic abuse and support survivors.
- 1 in 3 women will experience domestic abuse* in her lifetime
- That’s 1.6 million women under 60 last year alone.
- On Monday 6th April 2020, calls to Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline soared 120% and visits to the Helpline website rose by 700% on the previous day; since lockdown calls to domestic abuse helplines are up 25%.
- A Women’s Aid survey showed 70% of local domestic abuse services voiced fears around loss of income from fundraising.
This is just one of the ways in which women are being adversely and disproportionally affected during these unprecedented times. We need to ensure that women affected by the crisis are more visible, their voices heard, and their needs met. This Is How We Come Back Stronger is one small way in which we might collectively contribute to that.
*This is not a book about domestic abuse. It is not a book that can even begin to cover the extent of the inequalities women are bearing the brunt of, right now. But it is a book that captures a moment in time, as women writers come together to make an active difference through fundraising and to show solidarity, and offer strength, courage, connection, and a little bit of hope to a broad range of womxn, whatever the uncertain future might hold.
Edited by Feminist Book Society, published in partnership with the Feminist Press (USA)
The Feminist Book Society celebrates feminist authors of brand-new fiction and non-fiction, from escapist beach reads to literary novels and Big Ideas, via monthly sell-out author panel events and an ever-growing international network. It brings people together in lively discussion to share ideas and actively champion the fight for equality. Find out more @FeministBookSoc & feministbooksociety.com.
The Feminist Press (New York) publishes books that ignite movements and social transformation. Celebrating that legacy, it lifts up insurgent and marginalised voices from around the world to build a more just future, with the vision to create a world where everyone recognises themselves in a book. And Other Stories invited the Feminist Press to be our US publication partners. We work regularly with the Feminist Press and already share several books: Black Wave and Against Memoir by Michelle Tea and The Iliac Crest by Cristina Rivera Garza (and translated by Sarah Booker). If you live in North America, you will be able to order their edition on their site.
'Stronger manages to be both timeless and timely at once. It is a communion of powerful voices providing connection, catharsis, and vision in the midst of the uncertainty of grief.'