Welcome to the YW4US Book Club!

We're always striving to find ways to connect with each other and opportunities to engage with our community. That's why we started the Young Women for US book club in April 2021.

 

Each month, our programming team selects books from a diverse range of authors and genres that connect back to policy or current events. Our community votes on which book they'd like to read over social media, and at the end of the month, we come together in a virtual meeting to discuss the book's argument, themes, and how it's inspired us to take action or reevaluate our thinking.

 

Our book selections and meetings cater to young women and gender non-conforming people, but everyone is welcome. And even better - you do not have to read our book to attend book club. We'll see you on Zoom!

On Immunity: An Inoculation
by Eula Biss

Discussion Questions: 

  • This book was written prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, but when the author describes vaccine hesitancy surrounding the H1N1 vaccine, similar arguments were made to what is being debated currently. Will these questions or concerns ever be able to be answered?

  • When does the individual’s right to decide whether they get vaccinated matter more than public health/herd immunity? Who should decide when the greater good is more important than an individual’s decision?

  • What happens when the "majority" refuses to protect the "minority"?

  • How do class, gender identity, and race play into people's views on vaccines?

  • Why do people who don't go to medical school and/or devote their lives to studying viruses think they know more than the "experts"?

Related social media accounts, organizations, and websites to check out:

Check out Young Women for US' posts on the COVID-19 Vaccine

Social Media Accounts to Follow

  • @historyvaccines (History Of Vaccines): A project of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, created to share the history, science and news about vaccines.

  • @voices4vaccines: Voices for Vaccines (VFV) is a parent-driven organization supported by scientists, doctors, and public health officials that provides parents clear, science-based information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable disease, as well as an opportunity to join the national discussion about the importance of on-time vaccination.

  • @gavialliance: Gavi’s impact draws on the strengths of its core partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and plays a critical role in strengthening primary health care (PHC), bringing us closer to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), ensuring that no one is left behind. (Founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Resources and Websites with Reliable Info on the Vaccine

  • The CDC has this webpage dedicated to providing answers about the COVID-19 Vaccine. Check it out: here

  • The COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative is led by the Ad Council and the COVID Collaborative with the involvement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate the American public and build confidence around the COVID-19 vaccines