While this book deviates from the young-adult fiction that I normally review, the content within and its message is no less important or crucial to talk about. Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner’s Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World is an eye-opener for all the social and political issues surrounding the fight for women’s rights and participating in its activism.
Overall, I was impressed with the organization and personal nature of the book. It remained informative, while at the same time providing an inviting and sympathizing tone that was witty and somber at the right moments, and human in its entirety. It’s easy to simply relay the facts and statistics about the struggles and discrimination that women face. Rowe-Finkbeiner not only does this – and does this in an organized and clear manner – but she does this in a way that connects her to her readers, ensuring that there is no distance between herself and her audience regarding the route of activism they are each pursuing.
There is a strong emphasis on intersectionality within Keep Marching; women’s rights cannot function at its fullest capacity without also taking into consideration the different aspects that make up the woman i.e. race, religion, orientation, ideologies, and the like. The message of this book remains clear: if one of us gets hurt, we all get hurt, and nothing will progress to where it should be.
Another one of my favorite points that Rowe-Finkbeiner illustrates is the necessity of making mistakes and of accountability when fighting this fight. Essentially, to move forward in the fight for women’s rights, mistakes have to be made; we cannot learn and we cannot build if we do not fail. But we must also ensure that we take the next step, which is to acknowledge our mistakes, and do what we can to rectify them. I appreciated Rowe-Finkbeiner’s transparency throughout the text, as well as her willingness to share moments of her life that depicted her in an unfavorable light, even as she strived for increasing exposure to feminist topics.
All in all, I thoroughly appreciated this book and the information it provided, and I encourage every person to read it. Incredibly inspiring, deeply personal, extremely informative, and relevant and current to the times, Keep Marching is a must-read that belongs on the shelf of every American’s bookcase.
Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is now available for purchase.