Get ready to enter NOW’s Feminist Public Square by diving into new book picks and sharing in discourse to further our feminist future. Our aim is to elevate feminist thought and ideas and create a space for robust discussion. Each book selected will relate to one or more of NOW’s core issues: reproductive rights and justice, economic justice, ending violence against women, racial justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, and constitutional equality.    

Our goal is to grow together by reading books from feminists and brilliant minds of all ages, races, gender identities, and backgrounds. Your active participation in the Feminist Public Square is not only valued but also vital to furthering this collective goal. Together, we will connect, learn, and maybe even shed a tear or two as we navigate the realities of confronting injustice.   

Ultimately, we will grow to be stronger feminists and better-informed allies to marginalized identities. These page-turners will spark conversations that will embolden us to be even more impactful in this intersectional feminist fight. Your voice matters here and the Feminist Public Square is where your differing opinions and thought-provoking ideas can flourish for the overall advancement towards a true feminist reality.  

The Feminist Public Square can be your second home so settle in and get comfortable- all are welcome. Bring your questions, thoughts, and book recommendations to this page as well. Welcome to the book club! 

Saru Jayaraman

Saru is the President of One Fair Wage and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), which grew into a national movement of restaurant workers, employers, and consumers. She then launched One Fair Wage as a national campaign to end all subminimum wages in the United States.

Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was listed in CNN’s “Top10 Visionary Women” and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015, and the SF Chronicle ‘Visionary of the Year’ in 2019.

Saru is also the author of four books including the forthcoming, One Fair Wage: Ending All Subminimum Pay in America (The New Press, November 2021). Additional publications include Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013), Forked: A New Standard for American Dining (Oxford University Press, 2016), and Bite Back: People Taking on Corporate Food and Winning, (UC Press, 2020).  She has appeared on MSNBC, HBO, PBS, CBS, and CNN. She attended the Golden Globes in January 2018 with Amy Poehler as part of the Times Up action to address sexual harassment.

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