October 31, 2013
This incisive A-Z compendium of popular culture, art, theory, and feminism by the writers of Jezebel.com is laugh-out-loud hilarious and full of depth. What appears to be at-a-glance tongue-in-cheek humor is actually vital commentary on the history and the politics of feminism(s).
Bagge, Peter. Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story. 2013. Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95 (978-1-7704-6126-0). Gr.10-up. [jl]
A brash and gripping examination of Margaret Sanger’s life and work as the mother of modern birth control.
Sharp, Anne Wallace. Women Civil Rights Leaders. 2013. 120p. Lucent Books, $31.32 (978-1-4205-0880-2). Gr 6-10.
You’ve heard about Rosa Parks, but do you know about the many other women who were a crucial part of the civil rights movement? Learn about their lives, their battles and their courage in Women Civil Rights Leaders.
Schnall, Marianne. What Will It Take To Make a Woman President? 2013. 386p. Seap Press, $17.00 (978-1-5800-5496-6). Gr.10-12. [jl]
Prompted by her young daughter asking if a woman could be president, Schnall interviews a veritable who’s who of contemporary journalists, politicians, and educators posing that exact question. Their answers expose the sexism that still provides an obstacle to that goal and measures to overcome to make that dream a reality.
Miller, Bobbi. Big River’s Daughter. 2013. 200p. Holiday House, $16.95 9780823427529. Gr.5-9.
River Fillian has been raised on the Mississippi with her Pirate King father and a trusted band of watermen. She knows that the Queen River is their life, but must be treated with respect. When her father disappears after the massive 1811 earthquake, River bands with famous female adventurer Annie Christmas and tries to make her way in the world. But as Big Dan’s heir, River finds herself in danger and must use her wits and love of the water to save her own life.
Based on early American folktales, both River and Annie are female characters who chose to make their way in the world during an era when this was usually not acceptable. River is startled by the life of a placee, where a free black woman is essentially in a common law marriage but with little legal protection. While there were limited options open to women, some females did manage their own destinies, becoming some of the original American feminists. Big RIver’s Daughter honors those little known heroines.
Wheeler, Jill C. Joanne Simpson: Magnificent Meteorologist. 2012. 32p. Checkerboard Library, $25.99 (978-1-6178-3449-3). Gr. 2-4. [jl]
Joanne Simpson broke new ground in the world of meteorology. She worked hard to make a science place where other women could build on her work and realize their own achievements.
Wheeler, Jill C. Chien-Shiung Wu: Phenomenal Physicist. 32p. Checkerboard Library, $25.99 (978-1-6178-3451-6). Gr.2-4. [jl]
Chien-Shiung Wu understood that she was a pioneer as a woman physicist. She was often uncredited but worked hard to gain ground and make way for those women scientists to follow.
Hasday, Judith. Women in the Civil Rights Movement. 2012. 64p. Mason Crest Pub., $22.95 (978-1-4222-2356-7). Gr.4-8. [jl]
This is a long overdue look at the mostly unknown women heroes of the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.
Adler, David. Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. 2013. 144p. Holiday House, $18.95 (978-0-8234-2365-1). Gr.4-6. [jl]
Harriet Tubman is widely known as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, leading slaves to freedom. This book teaches the reader about all the other things Tubman did – activist for women’s suffrage, Civil War spy, and founder of a home for elderly former slaves.
Riot grrrl (1989-1996) sought to unify girls, encouraged them to start bands and write zines, and accept individual girl’s differences. While not representative of the entire movement, this collection brings together flyers, zines and letters which show the beginning, evolution, and decline of riot grrrl, and represents the perspectives of those who felt included in the mantra “Revolution Grrrl Style Now” and those who did not.