Mallick v. Fowles on Kirstine Stewart’s “Our Turn”
Stewart’s a trailblazer but she’s also normal, and her handbook for ambitious women is invaluable. Who is Stewart impersonating? No one. She is herself. For so long women were locked into social stereotypes, she writes, “virgins, vamps, mother hens, gossips, dumb blondes, shrews, bitches and so on” but maybe this can end. Stewart’s is a remarkable voice and I shall give the book to my daughters.
–Heather Mallick, Toronto Star, Nov. 9, 2015.
I, like so many women, have long been frustrated and demoralized by an employment system that feels built to exclude us and keep us lagging behind. Our Turn’s ambitious promise that things are changing, that there is a new burgeoning female-friendly climate to take advantage of, is certainly one I wanted to believe in. Stewart, though wholly and admirably successful, simply reads as too out of touch with those who struggle at the bottom, and her well-meaning advice only comes off as patronizing as a result.
–Stacey May Fowles, Globe and Mail, Oct. 23, 2015.