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My Moment: 106 Women on Fighting for Themselves

My Moment: 106 Women on Fighting for Themselves

by Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Najimy, Chely Wright, Lauren Blitzer

Narrated by AJ Ferraro

Unabridged — 6 hours, 15 minutes

Kristin Chenoweth
My Moment: 106 Women on Fighting for Themselves

My Moment: 106 Women on Fighting for Themselves

by Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Najimy, Chely Wright, Lauren Blitzer

Narrated by AJ Ferraro

Unabridged — 6 hours, 15 minutes

Kristin Chenoweth

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A collection of essays accompanied by beautiful black-and-white photography from a diverse group of women on the moment they realized they were ready to fight for themselves-including Gloria Steinem, Lena Waithe, Joanna Gaines, Brandi Carlile, Beanie Feldstein, Cynthia Erivo, and Billie Jean King, among others.

This powerful essay collection is a natural extension of the #MeToo movement, revealing the interior experience of women after they've inevitably been underestimated or hurt-the epiphany that the world is different than they thought it to be-and how they've used this knowledge to make change.

In My Moment, Gloria Steinem tells the story of how a meeting with writer Terry Southern drew blood. Carol Burnett shares how CBS discouraged her from pursuing The Carol Burnett Show, because comedy variety shows were “a man's game.” Joanna Gaines reveals how coming to New York City as a young woman helped her embrace her Korean heritage after enduring racist bullying as a child. Author Maggie Smith details a career crossroads when her boss declined her request to work from home after the birth of her daughter, leading her to quit and never look back.

Over and over again, when told “no” these women said “yes” to themselves. This hugely inspiring, beautiful book will move people of all ages and make them feel less alone. More than the sum of its parts, My Moment is also a handbook for young women (or any woman) making their way through the world.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

11/22/2021

Inspired by Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony at Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, this heartfelt collection gathers more than 100 women’s responses to the question, “What was the moment in your life when you realized you were ready to fight for yourself?” Contributors run the gamut from musicians (Brandi Carlile) to talk show hosts (Ricki Lake) and business executives, and each entry is paired with a black-and-white photo of its author. Comedian Carol Burnett recalls being told that a woman couldn’t host a variety show, while poet Maggie Smith recalls quitting her job to focus on her writing. Throughout, contributors return to the theme of “voice”: actor Rosanna Arquette learned in going public with an accusation against “serial predator” Harvey Weinstein that “every voice matters,” while Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen says she tells younger women: “Don’t let others steal your voice.” Many of these women also speak for larger communities, including Broadway actor Ali Stroker, who takes pride in “representing the disabled community in every moment of my career.” The diversity of contributors and the tonal range of their responses (rocker Chrissie Hynde’s is just one line: “The moment I was born”) make this an uplifting compendium for women of all ages. Photos. Agent: Meg Thompson, Thompson Literary. (Apr.)

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A heartfelt collection... The diversity of contributors and the tonal range of their responses (rocker Chrissie Hynde’s is just one line: ‘The moment I was born’) make this an uplifting compendium for women of all ages.” —Publishers Weekly

“The diversity of voices is the greatest strength of this profoundly personal book... The message of hope and courage they offer to all women is a powerful tonic to contemporary anti-feminism... Uplifting reading for anyone, regardless of gender identity.” —Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

2021-10-29
Accounts of women young and old who have taken stands against gender injustice.

Witnessing Christine Blasey Ford’s 2018 testimony about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct permanently changed and inspired this cohort of co-editors. Seeking solace in “sisterhood,” they sought firsthand accounts, and “stories began to bubble up, from inappropriate encounters and incidents normalized as a sign of the times to stories of workplace injustices, schoolyard bullying, physical and sexual abuse.” The narrative consistently reveals how disrespect for women cuts across class, color, race, and even time. Some contributors—e.g., Gloria Steinem, Cyndi Lauper, and Marlo Thomas—are celebrities whose efforts at finding success in a patriarchal society predated and/or coincided with the rise of the 1960s feminist movement. Steinem credits the cheek bite she gave a man who forced a kiss on her to “catlike [survival] instincts,” while Thomas recollects spurning her well-meaning father’s advice to give up acting after facing industry executives who told her to “marry your boyfriend and give your father some grandkids.” Many of the other contributors are ordinary young to middle-aged women. Janelle Murren, a Trinidad-born career nanny, tells a story of fully understanding male misogyny—and racism—the day a male employer complained about having to “f**ing pay her and feed her too.” Teenage athlete Miya Lao offers wisdom gained from being bullied for her small size, and transgender activist and actor Shakina Nayfack speaks proudly of “my people” and of having made a place for herself despite constantly facing misunderstanding and hate. The diversity of voices is the greatest strength of this profoundly personal book, which also contains images of each contributor shot with cameras the editors gave them. The message of hope and courage they offer to all women is a powerful tonic to contemporary anti-feminism. Other well-known contributors include Chelsea Handler, Reba McEntire, Carol Burnett, and Billie Jean King.

Uplifting reading for anyone, regardless of gender identity.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940173094841
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/24/2022
Edition description: Unabridged

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