100 inspirational women in 100 days. Day 77: Reni Eddo-Lodge.
Eddo-Lodge is a London based, award winning freelance journalist and author, with a focus on feminism and exposing structural racism. She studied English Literature at University of Central Lancashire, graduating in 2011, and whilst studying became involved in feminist activism. In summer 2017, her book "Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race" was published to wide acclaim, earning a spot on the longlist for the prestigious Baillie Gifford Prize, and also voted non-fiction book of the year by Foyles and Blackwells. When asked about the reaction to her book, Eddo Lodge responded: "I was really trying to put forward a perspective of why we need a race analysis, not just of feminism but within politics in this country, and I was just getting shot down. The backlash wasn’t just from your right wing trolls, it was from people on the left, people who considered themselves as progressive. I was at a stage of emotional exhaustion and hopelessness and so I sat down and I wrote...I got two reactions. I got a deluge of people going, ‘Oh my god you’ve articulated how I’ve been feeling for the past 20 years’ and then I also had some people who were white who were like, ‘Wow, this has changed my perspective on this issue, I had never thought about it like this.’ (Reni Eddo-Lodge, 2017). #feminism #blackactivist #blackwomen #powerwomen #femaleboss #author #journalist #blacklivesmatter #metoo #feminism #equality #equal #equalrights #racism #fightingracism #fightagainstracism #womentogether #blackrights #timesup #womensmarch #london #topwomen #inspirational #motivational #influencer #equalitymatters #standstogether