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Black Women Will Save the World

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Ms. Ryan always drop gems.  Her latest book, Black Women Will Save the World is no different. Black Women Will Save the World felt as though I was at a book club meeting, with a nice glass of wine, and having thought provoking, high-five conversations with my friends.  Throughout this book, Ms. Ryan challenged us to continue to be the fabulous women we are.  Be proud of who we are and what we have accomplished.  Simple women will save the world
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I’ve read my fair share of Womanist books, yet I was still excited to read this one. I will say I was a bit down as some of the points felt redundant. I really wanted a bit more of her story throughout the book as I really enjoyed the parts that she did share. I would highly recommend this to anyone that’s looking for a book on Womanist Experience and/or to better understand and relate to Black Women. 

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Of course, I have to say thank you so much to  Amistad for approving me for this ebook ARC.  

This is one of many books for those who are not black women that need to be read. I'm so appreciative to have read this early on and will automatically pick this up when I see it in a store. 

So this is my first book by April Ryan and wow I'm obsessed
This book kept me hoo White House  journalist, mom, and bad( Enter cuss word I can't say here, you know the one.) She does so much good in  Black Women Will Save the World. By not just recognizing black women's work every day but also telling the experiences she has gone through in her position and role figure. How even in the best of circumstances this country devalues the hurt we face. I'm now going to add her as a reference because of this book for the rest of my life and I'm only 23.
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“Black women make the extraordinary ordinary.  We drive change in a society that wasn’t built for us in order to make it better for all of us”-April Ryan.  

This book was very personal for me. As I read it, I cried so many tears.  The struggles that we as Black Women face are so real, so painful.  But so often, we just keep on going on, shouldering that pain with us.  So much of Ryan’s words in this book resonated with me. As a Black Woman, I have faced many of these challenges listed in the book.  I often ask myself, “when is enough, enough?  When do we get our chance?”  For many of us, we are deemed unqualified but then given a front row seat to the underqualified person selected.  Underqualified you say? No worries, we can teach them. This is the fate of some many black women.   

It is my hope this book will help create awareness for black women & black girls.  I remain hopefully that others will begin to see our greatness & finally appreciate it.

Thanks so much to NetGalley, April Ryan, and Amistad for this ARC!
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April Ryan, a reporter for the White House details the struggles of being a black women in todays world of politics. She showcases just how she works twice as hard to get half as far as some of her white and or male counterparts. Black women have been a driving force for social and political change yet do not get the recognition they deserve. 
    They are unprotected and seemingly made to be superhuman to get anywhere in this world. This is an anthem to the downtrodden, hypersexualized, often seen as angry and aggressive black woman, Despite the mountains of adversity they have to overcome these women such as Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms are still killin it.  They are strong career women and a force to be reckoned with. 
        I enjoyed how this book highlighted so many unknown accomplishments of black women particularly in politics. Joe Biden’s election  to the White House was largely the efforts of black women. It also stated clearly how far we have to go in health care disparity and income gaps. This book states only 6% of nurses are black women and I’m proud to be in that 6%. I know I make less than my white and male counterparts and hopefully one day the necessary change will come. 
Brother Malcolm X had it right when he said, “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman.”
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** Thanks so much to NetGalley, April Ryan, and Amistad for this ARC! Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem will be out on October 18th, 2022! **

If this book achieves anything, I hope it normalizes this: pay attention to Black women and girls.

April Ryan is an American reporter who covers the White House. Without necessarily knowing her name, you have likely heard her voice many times. Ryan dedicated this book to honoring the ways in which Black women have functioned as the unacknowledged drivers of social change in America. Ryan discusses a number of topics, including the adultification of Black girls, the gap in health outcomes for Black women, and the pervasive assumption that Black women are or should be "superheroes" without humanity or needs of their own.

A very important read, especially for those in the helping professions (teachers, doctors, social workers), as Ryan talks a great deal about the ways in which these professions fail to protect and care for Black girls and women appropriately.
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Black Women Will Save the World 
by April Ryan
Pub Date: October 18, 2022 
Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the ARC of this book. In this long-overdue celebration of Black women's resilience and unheralded strength, the revered, trailblazing White House correspondent reflects on "The Year That Changed Everything"--2020--and African-American women's unprecedented role in upholding democracy.
Great book! 
4 stars
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Black women will save the world says how so many black women have contributed to society in ways that are not mentioned. This book is a great read to appreciate black women and how they have been trailblazer from the start.
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Black Women Will Save the World, by April Ryan, illustrates the many ways Black women have done, and still do, a disproportionate amount of the heavy lifting in our society.

This book serves, I think, several purposes. First, I believe, is that it gives acknowledgement to the many women who don't receive the recognition they deserve, that they have earned. I also see it as a history (and current events) course for those of us who haven't realized just how valuable the contributions have been. Those of us who fall into that category, white males in particular, can try to excuse our ignorance but that is counterproductive. Learn now and move forward with that knowledge.

Reading this came at a very good time for me. I was rereading (actually I was listening to the audiobook) of bell hooks' Sisters of the Yam. These two books work so well together. Self-care as an important part of making change in the world. If you haven't read Sisters, it is an excellent book to accompany this. They aren't really covering the same territory, yet they are. The micro and macro aggressions that can grind one down. Ryan talks about having to not show vulnerability (to certain people and in certain circumstances) and hooks speaks to the same mindset. 

I would recommend this to Black women who often aren't seen or acknowledged no matter how much they contribute. This is also for everyone else, we need to understand how things we do can, intentionally or not, erase these strong women. We can help not only by acknowledging but also by helping to make positive change.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
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