February 13, 2017

Dear Feminist Fighters,
Hi from Feminist Fight Club, and welcome to our beta-newsletter—a semi-regular digest of news and politics, workplace advice, research, and the occasional art & craft (or craft cocktail) from author Jessica Bennett and the team at FFC HQ. It's been a rough couple of months, but seeing you #resist has also kept us going. Now more than ever, it's important to take care of one another, to speak up when we see injustice, and to lift each other up — and we have the perfect excuse. Today is Galentine’s Day, our favorite made-up holiday, invented by Leslie Knope (Amy Pohler's character on Parks and Rec) as a day for women to celebrate each other. As Ms. Knope put it: "It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas." So today, we ask of you: Take a moment to tell a galpal how much she means to you. Women and men: Pause to appreciate the amazing females in your life, and remember the persistent women who paved the way. We hope you'll keep reading, and please don't hesitate to tell us what you think. You can also update your preferences or unsubscribe here. Your lifelong membership to the Feminist Fight Club will remain in tact.

Thanks for reading <3
"Before there were therapists, there were girlfriends."
- Chrisena Coleman
Author, Just Between Girlfriends: African-American Women Celebrate Friendship
On Our Radar
  • 'Women like her cannot be contained.'  Beyoncé continues to prove that she is queen, performing at the Grammys while pregnant with twins, levitating in a chair and winning the award for best contemporary album for Lemonade (which you should really watch in full if you haven't already).
  • The resistance is alive, well, and working. Among the victories: Congress backed down from dissolving its ethics committee; the ACLU raised $24M overnight; a Federal appeals court ruled 3-0 against Trump's travel ban.
  • #ShePersisted. The shush heard round the worldof Sen. Elizabeth Warren, by the Senate Majority leader, as she tried to read a statement from Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King's widow, during the debate over Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for Attorney General—has become a rallying cry for all women who've ever been told to quiet down. Further reading: 13 Iconic Women Who Nevertheless Persisted
  • The future is still female. That’s what Hillary Clinton said last week, speaking at the MAKERS conference in LA, but it’s a sentiment that's also playing out all over the country. Among those leading the charge: Sally Yates, who instructed Justice Department lawyers not to defend Trump's executive immigration order; Judge Ann Donnelly, who granted a temporary stay on the executive order; Sen. Kamala Harris, California's first black Senator and the first Indian-American appointed to serve in Congress (and whosesocial media game is fire); Elizabeth Warren (see above); and the co-chairs of the Women’s March, who continue to offer “huddles” each day as part of ongoing actions for the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.
  • WTF just happened? We find ourselves asking that question constantly these days, which is why this blog of the same name is helping with our info-overload. 
  • #PussyGrabsBack: A record number of are getting inspired to run for office.
  • #BlackGirlMagic: Black history shouldn’t be limited to a single month, but here are 30 Black Female Leaders You Should Know About, including #unbought and #unbossed Shirley Chisholm, who was the first black woman to be elected to Congress. And here are 11 quotes by brilliant black female writers that gave us all the feels.
  • Tiny Kweens. Meet Daliyah, the 4-year-old girl who has read more than 1,000 books.
  • ICYMI: Medical patients are less likely to die if treated by female doctors; basically we're all lesbians now; and get ready for your ovaries to dry up when you hear that JNCO jeans are back.
FFC Fight Move
Find a 'Boast B*tch'

She’s your female hype man. She boasts for you, you boast for her, boasting for each other allows each of you to get the credit you deserve, and neither of you is perceived as bragging about yourself. It’s the perfect way to tout your accomplishments without feeling awkward or self-promoting.

Fight Club of the Week

Each week on Instagram, we highlight a real-life feminist fight club—collectives of women and girls who are working together to create change and lift each other up.
The Radical Monarchs are an Oakland-based club for young girls of color that makes the Girl Scouts look tame. Instead of brownie points and selling cookies, these girls earn badges such as "Black Lives Matter" for attending a civil rights march; "Radical Beauty" for challenging antiquated beauty standards; and the "LGBT Ally" badge for practicing acceptance of all people. On Valentine’s Day last year, the club practiced "Radical Love" by reading the work of feminist scholar bell hooks and writing kind notes to themselves and their fellow Monarchs. These girls give us hope!

Gifts for GalPals

Behold: the official FFC Galentine’s gift guide
Feminist As F*ck Cards
For all your feminist greeting card needs. Brought to you by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell & Feminist Fight Club. Get 5 for $20 with discount code GALPAL17
Pins by Tuesday Bassen
Support your local girl gang and stock up on these dope enamel pins, with a portion of proceeds donated to organizations that support girls and art.
Female Collective T-Shirts
Available in three styles, as well as #PussyGrabsBack. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to RAINN.
Persistent Woman Necklace
For ladies who won't back down. Ten percent of proceeds go to She Should Run, an organization that encourages women to run for office. 

FFC in the News

  • Feminist Fight Club is coming to paperback in June, with a new introduction to fighting patriarchy in a post-Trump world and a guide to starting your own club. Pre-order it now!
  • FFC gets an MBA. Well, not exactly... but we’ve been added to the syllabus at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. #goals
  • Join the Club. There over 40 FFC chapters across the country and abroad. Have a club? Want to start one? Email us and let us know!

Is it Friday Yet?

Not even close, but here’s a Galentine’s Day cocktail to get you in the mood.
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inspired by the book by Jessica Bennett. 
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