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American Women. Their Stories. Their Resistance. The despot is perched in his tower, threatening democracy with every tweet. Vultures of big business occupy his cabinet seats, while empty-headed puppets tie the Senate to a string. With a wave of a pen, they set our rights on fire. Welcome to the new America. And who are we? We are the women of the marginalized majority. American Women. Their Stories. Their Resistance. The despot is perched in his tower, threatening democracy with every tweet. Vultures of big business occupy his cabinet seats, while empty-headed puppets tie the Senate to a string. With a wave of a pen, they set our rights on fire. Welcome to the new America. And who are we? We are the women of the marginalized majority. We come from every corner of America. We are the outraged mothers. We are the unprotected daughters. We are the uninsured sick, the gay and the blamed, the cast-off patrons of the lesser paid, and the survivors of trauma taught to feel ashamed. We are every woman you have ever met, and every woman you haven’t. Our stories are of struggle, but also of strength; of fear, but also of courage. We know despair, but we never lose hope. We are extraordinary women living in extraordinary times. We are The Nasty Women Project. 100% proceeds from our book sales are donated to Planned Parenthood.


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American Women. Their Stories. Their Resistance. The despot is perched in his tower, threatening democracy with every tweet. Vultures of big business occupy his cabinet seats, while empty-headed puppets tie the Senate to a string. With a wave of a pen, they set our rights on fire. Welcome to the new America. And who are we? We are the women of the marginalized majority. American Women. Their Stories. Their Resistance. The despot is perched in his tower, threatening democracy with every tweet. Vultures of big business occupy his cabinet seats, while empty-headed puppets tie the Senate to a string. With a wave of a pen, they set our rights on fire. Welcome to the new America. And who are we? We are the women of the marginalized majority. We come from every corner of America. We are the outraged mothers. We are the unprotected daughters. We are the uninsured sick, the gay and the blamed, the cast-off patrons of the lesser paid, and the survivors of trauma taught to feel ashamed. We are every woman you have ever met, and every woman you haven’t. Our stories are of struggle, but also of strength; of fear, but also of courage. We know despair, but we never lose hope. We are extraordinary women living in extraordinary times. We are The Nasty Women Project. 100% proceeds from our book sales are donated to Planned Parenthood.

30 review for The Nasty Women Project: Voices from the Resistance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abbe

    These are the voices of the resistance. This book is a MUST have for anyone who values freedom and the voices of the "nasty women" who are unafraid to speak up! The fact that the profits all go to planned parenthood is the icing on the cake. Much blood, sweat and tears went into this book and you can tell when you read the stories within. Truly a book to pass on to our daughters and grand daughters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Ritter

    Each page will take you on a different journey. Each journey will make your heart feel in a way you didn't know was possible. The stories are raw, real, and can't be ignored.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Nicholson

    This book stole my attention from the world the minute I picked it up. It tells the personal stories of the amazing women, their tragedy, misfortune, and willingness to fight in the face of bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia, and sometimes just pure hate. These voices from the Resistance give you hope that there are still good people in the world. I definitely recommend.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lola

    80 women. 80 stories. 400 pages of triumph and tragedy. Heartbreak and healing. Delve into the inspiration and the resolve behind the courageous voices that stood to tell their stories in a time when our political climate was least inviting for women. This will be a book you refer back to for decades. You will want to gift this book to every female you know. There is a reason it temporarily sold out in its first day; it is GOLD. Read it!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    I want to start off by saying I contributed a short poem to this book. Maybe I'm biased because of this, but the stories in here are FANTASTIC. These women came together in DAYS and were able to churn out a publishable book within 2 months. That in and of itself is impressive, but when you read their personal stories, it will gut you. This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster. I had to put it down after certain stories due to the emotions they brought up. It's powerful. It's emotional. It I want to start off by saying I contributed a short poem to this book. Maybe I'm biased because of this, but the stories in here are FANTASTIC. These women came together in DAYS and were able to churn out a publishable book within 2 months. That in and of itself is impressive, but when you read their personal stories, it will gut you. This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster. I had to put it down after certain stories due to the emotions they brought up. It's powerful. It's emotional. It makes me proud to be a woman. Everyone should read it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna Spaulding

    There wasn't a story in this book that didn't have me in tears. It will take you on a journey through the gamut of emotions, but when you finish, you'll find yourself inspired and if you're like me, probably with Rachel Platten's 'Fight Song' stuck in your head. Because this book IS a fight song, sung by a choir of 80 voices. After reading this, complacency will never, ever again be an option. Prepare to be changed...for the better

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tamica

    Very powerful I love that this is a collection of stories by women about things that happen to them in their daily lives. So many people are misinformed about gender equality. I absolutely appreciate that people are trying to get their truths out there for the world to see.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rain Wallace

    If you want to have a piece of history on your shelf for years to come, buy this book and read it. Buy a hardcover version so it doesn't lose it's value, ask Erin to sign it. The years will stand to honor these voices that bravely revealed all the emotions women went through during the darkest days of an illegitimate election. The election that released the contents pandora's box of hidden Racism, sexism, hate, fear and the fallout from the time, that begins in these pages. The groundswell of em If you want to have a piece of history on your shelf for years to come, buy this book and read it. Buy a hardcover version so it doesn't lose it's value, ask Erin to sign it. The years will stand to honor these voices that bravely revealed all the emotions women went through during the darkest days of an illegitimate election. The election that released the contents pandora's box of hidden Racism, sexism, hate, fear and the fallout from the time, that begins in these pages. The groundswell of emotions that brought out the largest protest in American History if not the world, the women in the pink hats wrote this. The women in this book say what they intend to do about the culture of hate they now face in a world run by greed and hate.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Keith Moser

    Erin Passons reached out to me several months ago because she read my review of The Notorious RBG and thought I'd enjoy her collection of essays, The Nasty Women Project: Voices from the Resistance. She ended up sending me a free digital copy (in exchange for an honest review), but shortly after starting it, I wanted to read it on my Kindle (and not just my phone where I originally downloaded it), so I bought a second copy (and was glad to do so since all proceeds support Planned Parenthood). The Erin Passons reached out to me several months ago because she read my review of The Notorious RBG and thought I'd enjoy her collection of essays, The Nasty Women Project: Voices from the Resistance. She ended up sending me a free digital copy (in exchange for an honest review), but shortly after starting it, I wanted to read it on my Kindle (and not just my phone where I originally downloaded it), so I bought a second copy (and was glad to do so since all proceeds support Planned Parenthood). The book is a collection of essays written by the Nasty Women Project—a group of 80 diverse women from all across the country who were inspired by the 2016 election to share their story. Everything is organized loosely by geographic area & divided into five sections: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, & West. The stories tell of sexual abuse, immigration, & biracial relationships. The authors are gay, straight, & bisexual; they are mothers, grandmothers, & 20-somethings; they are rich, poor, & middle class. Despite all their differences, they're all Democrat, and even with their wide range of viewpoints, they're all very scared and upset by the outcome of the most recent election. I highlighted about 70 different passages from the book—dozens more than I ever have for any other book (besides, perhaps, textbooks)... but I suppose, in a way, this was a textbook. As a cis-gendered, (mostly) straight, white male, I don't have to worry much about my rights being trampled upon. But I have a wife and will eventually (hopefully) have a daughter. I know women make something like $0.70 for every dollar a man makes. I know the percentage of women who have been sexually assaulted is way too high. I know we live in a rape culture that sexualizes women and then chastises them if they dare to acknowledge their own sexuality. I know all these things, and (like many of the women in this book) I too cried after midnight the morning of November 9 as the final numbers gave Drumpf the victory. But reading these stories gave me more insight into just how bad of a result that was for over half the population. While I was a Bernie supporter in the primaries, I couldn't fault Hillary for what she was doing. She was probably the most qualified person to ever run for president (except maybe for Grover Cleveland in 1892, since he had already been President from 1884–1888). She had been in the White House and knew the ins and outs of the executive branch & saw how difficult the job was for eight years as First Lady. She was a Senator for another eight years and knew exactly how the legislative branch worked (when it works). She spent another four years as Secretary of State, traveling the world and handled all of our foreign affairs. She had campaign experience from 2008; I was with her! On the other hand, Donald Drumpf was a reality tv host and businessman (with several bankruptcies behind him) with no political experience and who didn't actually have any idea how hard being President would be. She was 1000x more qualified than he was and yet still he won (even if he didn't win the popular vote)! If that isn't the perfect metaphor for how hard it is to be a woman in any field that isn't "feminine," I don't know what is... As I was reading this book over the past three weeks, there wasn't a day that went by without something crazy coming out of Washington (or Twitter) and I couldn't help but think what would be happening right now if results were different November 8. The essays are all moving and touching and frustrating and they made me want to do... something! White male privilege is a real problem (and I don't really have any idea how to fix it) but this book is a great reminder of this and should be required reading for all.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jane Lohman

    I will be rereading sections of this book for years to come. Several of these stories are so inspiring, so touching and so real they give me hope in a time of national upheaval and uncertainty. Definitely a must read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    An important book for both women and men to read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Blankfein

    Follow my blog https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.com for all reviews and recommendations. Nasty Women Project is compilation of essays written by regular, everyday women from almost every state in the US. In an effort to be educated on the plight of women of all races, colors, creeds and sexual orientations, Erin Passons, the editor, called for submissions hoping “the darkness inspired by Trump will only bring forth more light”. When it became a possibility that The GOP would have the opportunity Follow my blog https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.com for all reviews and recommendations. Nasty Women Project is compilation of essays written by regular, everyday women from almost every state in the US. In an effort to be educated on the plight of women of all races, colors, creeds and sexual orientations, Erin Passons, the editor, called for submissions hoping “the darkness inspired by Trump will only bring forth more light”. When it became a possibility that The GOP would have the opportunity to defund Planned Parenthood the idea was born: she would gather the written words of women across the country and publish them to sell, donating all the proceeds to Planned Parenthood. Telling their stories of election night, prejudice and life experiences provides women in the United States of America the opportunity to make sense out of their fears and hopes, and reading them provides a sense of camaraderie and courage. These powerful, well written essays show struggles and fear along with new-found strength and focus. Elizabeth Martin of Ohio says “Since Trump’s win, we have begun to organize. We sign petitions. We call politicians. We march. We fight. I have thousands of life preservers surrounding me, and I no longer have the fear of drowning.” As Jennifer Tyree from Arizona says, “We must rally. Now is the time to make history.” Take the time to hear what the women of the United States have to say and purchase your copy of Nasty Women Project on Amazon. All proceeds are donated to Planned Parenthood.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Megan Gery

    I wanted this to be a five star book. A dear friend's essay is included, and I believe in the cause it supports. (100% of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.) I really appreciate the volunteer effort that went into this book-- I know it must have been monumental. I did love reading the stories of nasty women like myself, but found that I could only handle a few at a time without my anger about the election results robbing my nights of sleep. Overall, the tone is positive and uplifting as it looks I wanted this to be a five star book. A dear friend's essay is included, and I believe in the cause it supports. (100% of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.) I really appreciate the volunteer effort that went into this book-- I know it must have been monumental. I did love reading the stories of nasty women like myself, but found that I could only handle a few at a time without my anger about the election results robbing my nights of sleep. Overall, the tone is positive and uplifting as it looks to the future. I believe such a strong group of sisters can do anything. My problem with the book lies in the editing. (Sorry Erin.) While any first edition has a few typos and minor errors here and there, this book has enough that it is distracting. Sentences are abandoned in favor of new wording without the old wording being removed, commas are placed seemingly at random, and incomplete sentences abound. Many of the essays ramble and could be much tighter and more cohesive. (I'm a writing and grammar freak, so take my opinion for what it's worth.) If you're not the type to be bothered by pantsuits or errors, if you feel your womanhood could use a boost and your spirits need a lift, read this book. It's a must for any Nasty Woman and Bad Hombre. P.S.-- I've heard there are plans for a volume 2. Erin, I will happily submit an essay and volunteer to help edit. :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Raewyn

    Interesting seeing many of the contributors realising what was lurking just below the veneer of being the 'greatest free nation on earth' and seeing through the media hype and accepting the 'new' idea of white privilege. Sad that they didn't see what the rest of the world saw. Now many do. Such a shame it took a dick like Trump and his racism and bigotry to bring so many to this realisation.

  15. 5 out of 5

    PATRICIA CLARK

    Enlighting! I thought there was something wrong with me when I was so depressed after November 8. I did not realize how many other women felt exactly the same way. It was very enlightening and encouraging to read these stories and hear how determined these women are to fight for their beliefs.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I'm proud of all of the remarkable, resilent women who contributed to this amazing project. May the telling of each story encourage another to add her voice.

  17. 4 out of 5

    S.

    This is a heartfelt anthology of essays by regular citizens, not scholars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steve Tomich

    Since Erin Passons is involved with this project, I will look forward to reading it. Her book This Sick Little Heart of Mine is one of the very few I’ve ever read twice. Once, as they say, was simply not enough. I just listened to Erin reading Here I Am by Anonymous in Oklahoma. The story was a home run, with Erin’s reading of it capturing the shock, sadness, realization and resolve of the author. There are so many of us still in that state. Grateful are we for the light shown by kindred spirits Since Erin Passons is involved with this project, I will look forward to reading it. Her book This Sick Little Heart of Mine is one of the very few I’ve ever read twice. Once, as they say, was simply not enough. I just listened to Erin reading Here I Am by Anonymous in Oklahoma. The story was a home run, with Erin’s reading of it capturing the shock, sadness, realization and resolve of the author. There are so many of us still in that state. Grateful are we for the light shown by kindred spirits.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Alyse

    I laughed, I cried, and I felt power while reading this book. Hearing all of these women speak their story is inspiring for any woman, at any age - I read this at 27 and my mother read it at 49. It says you are not alone in your struggles, hardships, or tragedies.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris Butzer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kendra R Turner

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marcia Walters

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Phillips

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy Ketchum

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