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Caroline Criado-Perez – Do It Like a Woman

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One would expect that after women have been granted a right to vote, things would not only change, but would do so drastically and for better. However, it’s easy to forget that such ‘basic’ right is still not granted to every women all over the world, followed by many others. Books as Do It Like a Woman…and Change the World is a painful reminder for most of the readers of their privileges and can serve as a useful handbook for those, who have itching fingers for changes of various scale.

Do It Like a Woman is about many brave women telling their fascinating stories and unbelievable struggles, explaining their points of views in a very natural, personal way. Everything is written with both care and urge, and I sometimes felt like I’m eavesdropping – yet in a nice way, almost making notes. I’m not sure how Caroline was able to reach out to so many women with so particular occupations or interests, but often I wanted to know more about these women or things they fight for. Therefore there are few more documentaries on my list to be watched.

In Do It Like a Woman, Caroline speaks about why female representations matter, how lack of education and opportunities create further problems, if sexism and another ways of discrimination are still contemporary issues and many other topics. She uses examples of own involvement and backlash she endured, alongside relevant studies, interviews with change makers.

As oftentimes, even this time was my fault to expect a book to be somehow same as I have imagined. Do It Like a Woman should have been in my eyes something as This Year Will Be Different by Monika Kanokova – basically a collection of stories of various women, whose activity or bare existence had enough impact to change the world in some specific way. This book does provide many stories of brave women who either challenged, or changed social and political stance, yet the way it is done wasn’t exactly my favourite. My biggest issue with Do It Like a Woman was its content distribution. The whole book of almost 300 pages of content (except for acknowledgements, notes and index), has only 5 chapters. Why? And why not to use subchapters to make everything more neat, understandable, reader-friendly? For me personally, it took unnecessarily way too much time to read this book, just for the fact I often had to stop somewhere in the middle of the chapter and once I had time to read again, I couldn’t get into it straight away. Also, sometimes jumping from very different activities/themes to another ones was slightly difficult for me – not because it was written in a strange way, more because I would expect it to be separated significantly more. I am well aware such ‘issues’ are only matter of taste, but for me were important enough.

Nevertheless, I would recommend Do It Like a Woman to everyone. Its content can only contribute to a deeper understanding of the society and at the same time can have even actual impact. I’ve always loved books inspiring for change, encouraging readers to take a part in issues they believe are important. Do It Like a Woman serves this purpose without doubt and proves, that past derogatory expression of doing something like a woman has a whole new, positive and inspirational potential.

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