Fight Like a Mother is a rallying cry for a generation of women who want to wrest our country back from the grips of gun violence.
Fight Like a Mother was written and narrated by Shannon Watts.
You can’t talk about today’s impact on culture and history without talking about the gun violence that dominates both our fears and our news cycles. This audiobook was written by Shannon Watts, a woman for whom the Sandyhook shooting was the final straw. Enough was enough. Fight Like a Mother— the end result– definitely fuels the feminist fire of the 21st century and captures the spirit of what happens when mothers hit the end of their patience, waiting for the rest of the world to drive the results they want to see. Watts does an excellent job of balancing her listener’s rage and heartbreak with inspirational and optimistic messaging.
Content & Storytelling
In Fight Like A Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World, Shannon Watts tells her story of choosing to speak out in the days following the Sandy Hook shooting (an act that eventually led to the creation of Mom’s Demand Action) while sharing plenty of lessons-learned, tips, and general how-to in pursuing advocacy, organizing, and political office. She also, of course, spends a lot of time talking about guns and gun safety in the US today. Many of the statistics that Watts imparts in Fight Like A Mother are staggering, heartbreaking, and outrageous. As I listened, I kept wanting to push pause to write down a stat just so I could let it sink in; so I could stare at it with mouth agape. Listening to Watts narrate her own story, and the stories of others who choose to step up and fight for common-sense gun policies, got me super fired up and inspired to join the fight. What’s more, Watts shares the story of Mom’s Demand Action fully. By communicating the set-backs and losses Mom’s Demand Action has faced over the years, Watts’ book is all the more motivational. She talks a lot about “loosing forward,” the idea that even policy losses lead to important steps in the overall fight. Fight Like a Mother is one part memoir, one part reference guide (for advocacy, social media, and organizing), and one part inspirational speech that left me energized, informed, and ready to take action.
Length & Pacing
There were certainly parts of Fight Like a Mother that were more interesting to me than others. I, for example, was less intrigued by the power of social media than some might be, but super interested in Watt’s general story and the astounding data about guns in our country. The beauty of this book is that it has something for everyone and while certain parts may lag a bit (simply due to personal interests) others will leave you on fire.
Writing & Narration
I always enjoy when writers narrate their own audiobooks, particularly books that involve memoir. I felt honored to sit down with Watts, hear her stories and share in the heartbreaking statistics facing our country and gun control. Her optimism and determination are contagious and seem so necessary for this particular battle (facing off against the powerful and wealthy NRA), and her writing is succinct and eloquent.
This is a great audiobook that educates and inspires listeners, while also giving folks the chance to “hang out” with the badass Shannon Watts. Anyone—mom or non-mom; female, male or non-binary—concerned with the current state of affairs (regarding guns and gun violence) in US today will find Fight Like a Mother inspiring and educational; but be warned, you will leave off listening fired up to join the fight (and track down a red Moms Demand Action t-shirt).
Official Description: Shannon Watts was a stay-at-home mom folding laundry when news of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary flashed across the television screen. In one moment, she went from outraged to engaged and decided to do something about it. What started as a simple Facebook group to connect with other frustrated parents grew into Moms Demand Action, a national movement with millions of supporters and a powerful grassroots network of local chapters in all 50 states. Shannon has been called “the NRA’s worst nightmare”—and her army of moms have bravely gone up against the gun lobby, showing up in their signature red shirts, blocking the hallways of congress with their strollers, electing gun sense candidates and running for office themselves, proving that if the 80 million moms in this country come together, they can put an end to gun violence.
Fight Like a Mother is the incredible account how one mother’s cry for change became the driving force behind gun safety progress. Along with stories of perseverance, courage, and compassion, Watts shines a light on the unique power of women—starting with what they have, leading with their maternal strengths, and doubling down instead of backing down. While not everyone can be on the front lines lobbying congress, every mom is already a multi-tasking organizer, and Shannon explains how to go from amateur activist to having a real impact in your community and beyond. Fight Like a Mother will inspire everyone—mothers and fathers, students and teachers, lawmakers, and anyone motivated to enact change—to get to work transforming hearts and minds, and passing laws that save lives.