Media Matters: Books and Beyond

Join YWCA's Quarterly Media Matters Discussion Club

YWCA hosts a quarterly discussion around a book or film that focuses on social justice issues. Each of our subjects connect to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. The club is open to all, no matter your age!

Why join us?

  • “The act of reading in a community can help you read more deeply and better understand diverse perspectives,” John Coleman writes in the Harvard Business Review.
  • You read things that you would not otherwise read.
  • Some books need to be discussed.
  • As Joyce Carol Oates said, “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

Next Meeting

On Thursday, November 17th at 6:00PM,  YWCA Central Carolinas will be discussing the documentary, The Janes. The film is directed by Oscar-nominee Tia Lessin (HBO’s Trouble the Water) and Emmy-nominee Emma Pildes (HBO’s Jane Fonda in Five Acts). 

According to HBO, The Janes tells the story of a group of unlikely outlaws. Defying the state legislature that outlawed abortion, the Catholic Church that condemned it, and the Chicago Mob that was profiting from it, the members of Jane risked their personal and professional lives to help women in need. In the pre-Roe v. Wade era –– a time when abortion was a crime in most states and even circulating information about abortion was a felony in Illinois –– the Janes provided low-cost and free abortions to an estimated 11,000 women.

Check out the film trailer here!

 If you have any questions, please contact Jamila Green (Community Engagement Manager) at

This discussion will take place virtually. We will send out the Zoom information prior to November 17.