Best Books (aka What's on my Nightstand): Keep Marching by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

The midterm elections are around the corner, and if any of you are interested in the most effective ways to ensure your voice is heard be sure to pick up Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner's latest book, Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action And Change Our World. I've been a fan of Kristin's every since she founded MomsRising, a community of moms (and people who love them) that want to build a more family-friendly world. This is her second book and it picks up where the 2017 Women's March left off, with a lot of people galvanized to advance women's rights but without a blueprint to show them how.

The book is organized into three sections: Our Money, Our Bodies, and Our Communities, and outlines key issues, along with various strategies for tackling them no matter who or where you are. For example, in the chapter Women against Violence, Kristin weaves together the painful barriers that compound women's victimhood like cynicism and blaming by authorities, economic slavery, and the lack of gun control. Then she outlines recommendations for battling violence against women at the local level. All of her tips are specific and actionable. She even provides scripts for phone calls to elected officials. But the most inspiring aspect of the book is Kristin's amplification of women across the country who are already doing the work. After finishing the last page I was reminded that we all have the capacity to create a sea change by throwing one tiny pebble. Keep Marching offers practical strategies for how we can make a difference without burning out, starting with the simple step of ordering the book, since 100% of the proceeds benefit MomsRising.