‘All the Rebel Women’ by Kira Cochrane (Guardian Shorts) is a concise discussion about the current 4th wave of feminism. This is a fascinating reminder of recent history – Everyday Sexism and the No More Page Three campaign are noteworthy high profile activities.
This accessible book has pinpointed a modern feminism that is battling old prejudices. Social media particularly seems to magnify both misogyny and feminist campaigns. Those who are behind movements that quickly gain a wide currency are also subjected to online abuse to a degree that is more shockingly woman- hating than perhaps we in the UK are used to, because of its anonymous nature. But what these campaigners and public figures are telling us is that ‘vile’ misogyny is alive and well! Mary Beard has spoken publicly about this and how shocking it was the first time she discovered such enmity following an appearance on Question Time.
This book is grist to the mill for those seeking to become more active in feminist consciousness raising and campaigning. It points us to current high profile movements of women who are seeking to practically influence the world. Yes. We still need feminism and a fourth wave of activism is upon us.