Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P Frankel, PhD: I really enjoyed her straightforward approach and the easily divisible sections. She even recommends you don’t read the whole book, but rather focus in on the areas that don’t come as naturally to you. While I could certainly see a debate around institutionalized sexism, especially given how her advice can be perceived as playing into the rules male hegemony has made rather than upending the apple cart, I really enjoyed this book. And let’s be honest, individually none of us are able to completely upend the apple cart of a sexist work environment – but we can all take small, measurable steps towards change. Definitely worth a read.
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Uncover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott: Oh man. Where do I even start with this book?! I LOVED it so much – I’m a huge history nerd (always have been) and find myself reading historical fiction set in the era frequently (I Shall be Near to You and The Last Runaway come to mind instantly). I really enjoyed learning these four incredibly brave, fierce women who stood up for what they believed in during the Civil War. Abbott researched this book and these women so incredibly well – there isn’t a bit of dialogue in quotations that isn’t from a written historical record. Even better, this tells the whole story of the war from these women’s perspective and is a vital, inclusionist piece of work.
What I Watched: Big Hero 6, They Came Together, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Along Came Polly, Chef, Field of Lost Shoes, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, King Arthur (2004), Hercules (1997), The Great Muppet Caper, Joe,