Favorites of 2010: Nonfiction/Memoir

Given the name of my blog, is it any surprise that all of my favorite nonfiction/memoir reads in 2010 are by and (almost) all about women? I majored in Women’s History in grad school, so I get all geeked out over anything feminism/women’s history-related. Another thing all these books have in common: I could notContinue reading “Favorites of 2010: Nonfiction/Memoir”

Wrapping Up: Women Unbound

Women Unbound was one of my favorite challenges this year. The goal was to read women’s studies-related fiction and nonfiction (a very broad term), and the the number you had to read depended on the level you signed up for. Even though I started the challenge late, I’m a women’s history nerd and went for level 3; IContinue reading “Wrapping Up: Women Unbound”

Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry

In Beauty Shop Politics, Tiffany M. Gill documents the central role that black beauticians played in the struggle against Jim Crow laws. Beauty shops were one of the few industries that offered black women some economic stability and upward mobility in the face of segregation. The industry also offered black women a respectable alternative toContinue reading “Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry”