New review – Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism
Jess McCabe // 5 February 2010
Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein’s book reclaims the road trip and tells a story about what young women across the US think about feminism and the issues facing them as women, says LonerGrrrl
When young feminist writer Nona Willis Aronowitz and her feminist photographer friend Emma Bee Bernstein met for brunch one day, they excitedly came upon the idea of taking a road trip across the United States in order to talk to other young women about what feminism means to them.
Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism is the result – a beautifully designed and exuberantly written journal of the two friends’ trip, and an insight into where young contemporary US feminism is at.
But don’t let the emphasis on the US put you off – the diversity of women’s opinions presented here are just as relevant to UK readers and the two authors’ account of the fun and freedom they experienced whilst out on the road, just as inspiring.
We set off in Chapter 1 from Chicago, and each chapter thereafter stops off in a different state, containing profiles and photos of the women they meet along the way, Nona and Emma’s personal reflections and striking photography of the landscape they drive through.