Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Barb Lazar, Director of the Ford Library
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
 
“…a feminist. It’s not a bad word. After today it might be my favorite word. Because really all it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that’s always finding ways to tell them they’re not.”
 
Now a Netflix film, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu celebrates the power of speaking up and speaking out and standing together. When Vivian decides she just can’t abide with the unfairness and injustice of the treatment of girls in her high school, she begins to write. With inspiration from her mom’s past as a Riot Grrrl in the 1990’s, she starts an anonymous ‘zine.
 
“I take a deep breath and uncap a black Sharpie. I need the right name to get started. My eyes glide over the well-worn covers of my mom’s zine collection. I pick up a copy of one called ‘Snarla’ and hold it close to my face and shut my eyes and take a deep inhale, imagining I can smell the musty basements and warehouses where the Riot Grrrls used to play… singing out the lyrics they’ve so painstakingly copied onto the pages of their zines (38-39).”
 
When Vivian's writing begins to resonate with people in her school across different groups, cliques, and popularity, friendships begin to emerge across the divides. As the movement grows, a revolution of empowerment and support gets underway.
 
Perhaps, the ultimate takeaway is that your voiceno matter how small, no matter how many people you stand against or how powerless you may feelyour voice is stronger. 

During Women's History Month, I’d like to think we embrace the stories by and for girls and women, and the windows and mirrors they offer.
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