Desma is excited about her 16th birthday party, which involves the whole class going to a movie at the local theatre. On top of that, she has the Empire scholarship, which only brings her closer to her dream of becoming an actuary. But things are beginning to change in Bermuda and when a progressive group… Continue reading Girlcott: More Kidlit Meets Activisim
When Maddie meets Sayara on vacation, they become instant friends – bonded through their similar attitudes towards life. But despite their similarities, Maddie and Sayara come from two different cultures with two very different attitudes towards girls. While Sayara struggles in her home country with the unfair laws that recently landed her cousin in jail,… Continue reading Maddie & Sayara: Kidlit Meets Activism
Amanda: I don’t think allowing someone to pay for you makes you any less of a feminist, the same way paying for someone doesn’t make you more of one. The question is problematic in itself because it only takes into account heterosexual interactions. The problem is not one partner paying for the other but the… Continue reading If Your Partner Pays for a Date, Can You Still be a Feminist?
Back when I was doing my undergraduate, one of the societies in our university was having a debate on the hijab. It promised to be the same old rhetoric that we’ve been hearing over and over again for years: is the hijab oppressive? Can Muslims be feminist? There was nothing new, innovative, or revolutionary about… Continue reading Mirror on the Veil: Addressing the Diverse Perspectives of Muslim Women
Ayobami Adebayo’s first novel, Stay With Me, was recently shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. This stunning debut explores motherhood, marriage, and the pain of sickle-cell disease through the eyes of Yejide and Akin, a young couple living in 1980s’ Nigeria. We spoke with Ayobami to delve deeper into the social pressures of… Continue reading Ayobami Adebayo talks Nigerian Motherhood and Literary Inspirations
Going into The Sport of Kings I wasn’t sure what to expect. Described as a story of “racism and justice,” the majority of the story confused me. The novel focuses on the generations of the Forge family – an old and powerful family in Kentucky. We are first introduced to the family as young Henry… Continue reading The Sport of Kings: The Tyrannical Reign of Powerful, White Men
Our latest episode is in anticipation of the Women’s Prize for Fiction (also known as the Bailey’s Prize). In this episode, Amanda and Adiba discuss why the Women’s Prize for Fiction came about, and the criticism that it has often garnered. They consider whether the prize is still necessary today, and discuss women’s roles within… Continue reading Podcast: Women’s Prize for Fiction – Still Necessary?