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Violet issue 11 

The Violet Book 11 celebrates women and their work – as mothers, lovers, agitators and makers – in all their complexity and glory.

Screenwriter and actress Zoe Kazan reflects on a landmark year of growth – becoming a mother for the first time, co-writing and directing a film with husband Paul Dano, and starring in the Cohen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of ground-breaking call-to-arms We Should All Be Feminists, speaks with Sarah Sophie Flicker about the challenges of affecting real change, why she now wants to speak to boys, and the need to lift the veil of shame around abortion.

To that end, we feature five women telling us a series of personal stories about abortion, birth and miscarriage.

We print Keira Knightley’s powerful essay The Weaker Sex, which contrasts societal expectations of how birth and new motherhood should look and feel with a more visceral reality.

Natasha Lyonne examines the emotional and cultural impetuses behind her Netflix hit Russian Doll, and in conversation with actress and YouTube star Awkwafina, plots the future of female-led films. 

Plus: Perry Ogden shoots portraits of the next generation of skateboarding girls; we briefed photographers and Violet muses Emma Tillman, Laura Bailey and Bay Garnett to photograph any woman they wanted to; models Karen Elson and Sara Ziff talk about abuses of power in the fashion business and the alliance they have set up to fight it; and five women talk about their changing relationships with their skin.

At rest or in action, we meet women who are rewriting the scripts they’ve been given – literally and figuratively. 

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