Release Date: October 08, 2019
ISBN: 9781627782388
eISBN: 9781627782395

Happier as a Woman: Transforming Friendships, Transforming Lives

by Martina Giselle Ramirez and Alicia Partnoy

Martina Ramirez first started wearing her mother’s shoes in secret in second grade, when everyone still knew her as Martin. Growing up in a conservative household as an adopted Mexican-American in a racially segregated city, she swore she would not be just another crime or teen pregnancy statistic. She lived up to that promise when Martina was named high school valedictorian, became a tenured professor at a prestigious university, and had a family. It was only then, after she had become established in her life and career, that she was able to finally be her true self.

Happier as a Woman is not just a story of one woman’s transition. It is a story about relationships – those she fostered with herself, those that were hurt, those that were saved, and those that would not have existed if not for Martina’s desire to be a mentor, to be the change. Martina made it her mission to pave the way for all of those that would come after her – from the women seeking to break through the glass ceiling to fellow victims of emotional abuse – regardless of who they appeared to be on the outside.

As though all the emotions she had to bottle up in her youth have become more potent with age, they now tell a compelling journey of acceptance, self-discovery, and self-love. Martina’s story is artfully told through letters, anecdotes, and powerful interviews conducted by and written alongside her renowned co-author, human rights advocate and memoirist Alicia Partnoy.

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About the author Martina Giselle Ramirez and Alicia Partnoy

Martina Giselle Ramirez is director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and professor of biology at Loyola Marymount University, as well as an expert on spiders.  She has won multiple awards for her scholarship and mentorship, including the LGBTQ+ Mentor Award from LMU’s LGBT Student Services Office in 2016. She medically transitioned to female on December 22, 2016 and has never been happier. Alicia Partnoy is a poet, human...

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"An inherently fascinating, ultimately inspiring, deftly written, deeply personal and candid, Happier as a Woman is unreservedly recommended."—Midwest Book Review


“Happier as a Woman is a beautiful collection of essays that wander through one transgender woman's life and her journey towards living her authentic life.  Through the conversations between the authors, this book illustrates Martina’s personal struggles, joys, and the magic of finally being seen as a transgender woman while negotiating other intersecting identities. This book is a great example of the depths of personal exploration that transgender people navigate to be our true selves!”—Dr. Eli R. Green, Founder, The Transgender Training Institute


“Intimate. Global. Intersectional. Ramirez and Partnoy connect the dots across movements for social, racial, gender, economic and environmental justice: a ‘discourse of solidarity’ that defies single-issue boxes.” —Amy Horowitz, activist/scholar/curator



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