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.
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.