Author Marlene Wagman-Geller is back again with an incredible book about the strength of women. Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women explores the sometimes horrible events that women endure and continue to rise to become stronger than they thought possible. The title comes from a poem by Maya Angelou, who is also profiled in the book.
The figures range from women like Carrie Fisher, to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Each has accomplished something remarkable, despite often horrific and haunting circumstances. This book will not always feel uplifting when you’re reading, and at times can feel quite depressing. Many of these women have endured things that would incapacitate another person. The thing they all have in common is a desire to rise above one’s circumstances, especially when it is not easy. The will to rise is what makes this book required reading.
Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women is an important book and a read that is nothing if not timely with current politics.