Feminist Fight Club

An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace

Jessica Bennett

Book

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller! Named a best book of 2016 by: Chicago Tribune, Refinery 29, Forbes, Bust, CEO Reads.

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 on how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called it 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 our foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the Feminist Fight Club was born. In Feminist Fight Club, acclaimed journalist Jessica Bennett blends the personal stories of her real-life fight club with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t advice for how to combat today’s sexism (and come out the other side). Part manual, part manifesto, Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist archetypes women encounter every day—such as the Manterrupter, who talks over female colleagues in meetings; or the Bropropriator, who appropriates their ideas—as well as the self-sabotaging behavior women sometimes exhibit themselves. With original illustrations and fascinating historical research as well as a straightforward assessment of the gender gap that continues to plague the American workforce, Feminist Fight Club offers practical strategies, stealthy hacks, and much-needed camaraderie for women battling their way through the modern workplace.

Author

Jessica Bennett

Jessica Bennett

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.

Reviews

“[B]ound to be passed around from woman to woman — and beyond one gender — at office happy hours this fall and beyond.” Flavorwire

“Bennett is on a mission to reform today’s workplace, and this manifesto just might be the weapon modern women are looking for.” Booklist

“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] 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

“A worthy addition to the library of any young female professional or frustrated middle manager-or male coworker who wants to help.” Fortune

“Funny and fresh...one of those books that every person, not just every woman, should read.” Glamour

“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

“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

“[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

“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

“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

“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

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