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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Tell Her She Can't: Inspiring Stories of Unstoppable Women by Kelly Lewis is a non-fiction compilation of thirty-five stories that demonstrate how each featured woman blew the idea that they would not accomplish what they set out to do out of the water. The accounts vary in length, tone, and tenor, ranging from the story of Autism activist Taylor Linloff who created Aspirational Autistic and continues to champion the cause, to Mirna Valerio, the running phenomenon who is known for her blog Fat Girl Running and for being at the forefront of the body-positivity movement. Interspersed throughout, Lewis provides insight and is able to effectively weave the writing snapshots into a book that is as diverse as it is motivational.
I was immediately drawn to Tell Her She Can't, as I am to most books designed to empower women, because of the fact it is actually a collaborative effort. Kelly Lewis is the primary architect and does a fine job of sharing the female-centric stories that are true to life. My favorite was Sandra Hart, the Romper Room teacher that is out to encourage active living in women who are in the 60+ age bracket. I also liked Lewis's “Tools to Triumph”, the closing of each chapter that personalizes and calls to action change in our own lives. There were a couple of instances of proof of how deeply entrenched gender inequality is, even in this book. In the very first story, Shannon Allen—who spearheaded a fast-food revolution with Grown and healthy drive-thru options—has in the bio that she is the “devoted wife to two-time NBA Champion, 10-time NBA All-Star, and Hall of Famer, Ray Allen.” For however far we have come there is still a long way to go, and I believe this book is one my own daughters will reference for a long time to come.