4 out of 4 stars
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The war of equality was won, but the spirit of those courageous and intelligent women died on the battlefield.
The Wings of Dawn is a necessary read for women of the 21st century. After centuries of oppression, we have finally gained freedom. We have also abandoned what it means to be a “woman.”
I read The Wings of Dawn twice. I am 19 years old and I grew up knowing that one day, I would be allowed to vote. I could go to school and was allowed to do anything my male counterparts were allowed to do. I also grew up looking down on housewives and women that chose family over their careers. I even looked down on women for wearing pink. Why? Because being feminine is considered weak. How ignorant is that?
This book vocalized all the thoughts that I have been trying to ignore for the last couple of years. What is so weak about being feminine? Why do I have to act like a man to be considered equal? Why are we judging women for being women? Who are my daughters going to look up to?
The Wings of Dawn is a book I would want my daughters to read. The author fills this truthful read with an abundance of quotes from the women that changed history. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Gertrude Stein and Belva Lockwood to name a few. The writing is filled with passion and as I was reading, it felt like all these remarkable women were at my back, encouraging me to run toward the rising sun. The beautiful writing, coupled with a profound message, had such an astounding impact that I was left reeling.
Another thing I absolutely loved was that the author did not once lay any blame at the feet of modern men. Instead, she encourages the reader to think about what the world, especially the media, is trying to portray us as, and to let the enlightenment come from within. She also speaks about women in power using the ‘movement’ to further their own ambitions, instead of using that voice to build a platform for women.
The Wings of Dawn features stunning evocative writing that captures how profound our history is, and how proud we should be. There were no typos and the book is very clearly professionally edited. The only minor problem I encountered was the slightly confusing format, with one run-on read. Fortunately, because this is a short read, it didn’t hinder the reading much.
I rate The Wings of Dawn 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to all women, which I knows sounds really vague but trust me. This is a brilliant read filled with messages that need to be heard, coupled with some harsh truths. We do not need to act like men to be equal. Tradition is not your enemy. Strive to be the type of woman that you can be proud of and remember we need to listen to ourselves and not the media, or the accepted standard.
******Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.
The Wings of Dawn
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