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Part manual, part manifesto, Feminist Fight Club is a hilarious yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work, providing real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women.
It was a fight club—but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called them a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify—and harder to prove—than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the fight club was born.
Hard-hitting and entertaining, Feminist Fight Club blends personal stories with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t expert advice. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist workplace archetypes women encounter everyday—such as the Manterrupter who talks over female colleagues in meetings or the Himitator who appropriates their ideas—and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world. With original illustrations, Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheet, and fascinating historical research, Feminist Fight Club tackles both the external (sexist) and internal (self-sabotaging) behaviors that plague women in the workplace—as well as the system that perpetuates them.
About the Author
Jessica Bennett is an award-winning journalist and critic. She writes for the New York Times, where she covers gender issues, culture, and has a monthly column on millennials and language. A former staff writer at Newsweek, Jessica is also a contributing editor for LeanIn.org, the nonprofit founded by Sheryl Sandberg, where she is the cofounder and curator of the Lean In Collection, an initiative to change how women are portrayed in stock photography. Yes, she's in a real-life feminist fight club.
“Funny and fresh...one of those books that every person, not just every woman, should read.” — Glamour
“A worthy addition to the library of any young female professional or frustrated middle manager-or male coworker who wants to help.” — Fortune
“[A] cheeky guide for stamping out workplace sexism.” — LA Review of Books
“Jessica’s is a classic, f*ck-you feminist battle guide. The book offers unapologetic strategies for how to get down and strength up with female comrades to fight patriarchy on the daily. Every woman should have a Feminist Fight Club.” — Ilana Glazer, comedian and co-creator, Broad City
“This book offers the weapons that women need to win the war on inequality. With mighty wit, Bennett shows women how to defeat the enemies—and men how to stop being enemies. I was not prepared to laugh out loud so many times while learning so much about a serious topic.” — Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
“Jessica Bennett’s Feminist Fight Club is engaging, hilarious and practical - full of simple tools for battling workplace sexism that every woman should have at her disposal. Jessica is a unique voice-and I will proudly proclaim myself a card-carrying member of the FFC.” — Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of New York Times bestseller Lean In
“Bennett is on a mission to reform today’s workplace, and this manifesto just might be the weapon modern women are looking for.” — Booklist
“It is saddening that the problems described in [Feminist Fight Club] persist, but Bennett’s light approach and humorous neologisms make fighting the power a lot more palatable.” — Publishers Weekly
“[B]ound to be passed around from woman to woman — and beyond one gender — at office happy hours this fall and beyond.” — Flavorwire
“Ms. Bennett manages to convey a remarkable amount of substance briskly and entertainingly… it has performed a huge service not just to its target audience but to the businesses they will be joining.” — New York Times
“[Bennett] takes the best of what she and her fellow professionals have gleaned over the years and presents it to us for adoption. All action, no whining. Plenty of humor.” — Chicago Tribune
“Right on par with Lean In and #GIRLBOSS, Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace is the work bible every young woman starting her career needs.” — Observer
“Packed with relatable anecdotes, startling research, and realistic scripts for handling sticky situations, Feminist Fight Club is a no-bullshit, nuts-and-bolts guide to workplace empowerment.” — Bust Magazine
“Bennett has written a guidebook that will likely benefit those women who want to climb the rungs of power and challenge the Boys at the Top... her suggestion that women form their own Feminist Fight Clubs sounds like a mighty fine idea. I, for one, am ready to engage.” — Rewire