So why did we title this book I Call Myself a Feminist?
Because this book - for women and men, girls and boys everywhere - is a statement of intent. Because 'I call myself a feminist' is an active, personal and powerful phrase. Because the word 'feminist' remains under siege, cast aside by some for being too inclusive and broad and because there are many who refuse to identify with it. Because we are not born a feminist; we become one.
We hope that there is at least one essay here that makes your heart beat in recognition, one that you'll want to thrust it in front of your friends and family and bellow: 'THIS! This is EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SAY!'
We rallied together in the experience of making this book - as editors, and with all of our splendid contributors. The view from twenty-five women under thirty includes:
Isabel Adomakoh Young Amy Annette
Jade Anouka Meltem Avcil
Laura Bates Emily Benn
Bertie Brandes Rosie Brighouse
Reni Eddo-Lodge June Eric-Udorie
Sofie Hagen Phoebe Hamilton-Jones
Maysa Haque Caroline Kent
Abigail Matson-Phippard Naomi Mitchison
Martha Mosse Yas Necati
Louise O'Neill Laura Pankhurst
Samira Shackle Tania Shew
Alice Stride Jinan Younis
Young feminists - whether you call yourself one or not - this book is for you.
This one's for us.