We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s call to action, is a definitive answer to the oft-repeated question, “why feminism?” In a world where this question is still being raised, the Amelia Bloomer Project exists to honor and celebrate the exemplary feminist responses provided in literature for readers ages 0 to 18.
Una. Becoming Unbecoming. 2016. 211p. Arsenal Pulp, $24.95 (9781551526539). Gr.10-up.
Beginning with her own childhood experiences with rape, slut-shaming, and the search for the Yorkshire Ripper, Una examines the societal attitudes that create our culture of sexual violence.
Lang, Heather. Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark. Illus. By Jordi Solano. 2016. Unpaged. Albert Whitman and Co., $16.99 (978-0-8075-2187-8). Gr. K-3.
As a young girl, Eugenie Clark became fascinated with fish and sharks. With perseverance and personal bravery she became the world’s first and foremost expert in the field, leading to the nickname “Shark Lady”.
Harness, Cheryl. Hillary Clinton: American Woman of the World. 2016. 182p. Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, $17.99 (978-1-4814-6057-6). Gr. 6-up.
Glass-breaking and history-making, Hillary Rodham Clinton has spent her life championing the rights of women, children, and the disenfranchised. This biography shares her journey to the White House thus far, in all its complexity both personally and professionally.
Westly, Erica. Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game. 2016. 291p. Touchstone, $26.00 (978-1-5011-1859-3). Gr. 8-up.
In the middle of the last century, softball became America’s most played sport. Of all team sports, it carries the distinction of being the most inclusive of women as premiere athletes. The enthralling history of these pioneers has long been untold and now serves to inspire and motivate anyone who has ever wanted to play.
Robinson, Fiona. Ada’s Ideas: The True Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer. 2016. Unpaged. Abrams Books for Young Readers, $17.95 (978-1-4197-1872-4). Gr.1-4.
Ada defied the typical education and expectations of young women of her era to become the world’s first computer programmer.
Rockliff, Mara. Around the World to Win the Vote:Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles. Illus. Hadley Hopper. 2016. 40p. Candlewick Press, $16.99 (978-0-7636-7893-7). Gr. PreK-4.
In 1916, Nell Richardson and Alice Burke took off on a nationwide tour to promote the fight for women’s suffrage. Their exciting tour included a little yellow car, a trunk full of useful things, and a little black kitten and helped bring the message of equality across America.
Hagar, Erin. Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army of America. 2016. 32p. Charlesbridge, $16.95 (978-1-5808-9646-7). Gr. K-4.
During WWI, many women went to work on farms as a way to support the country and themselves. Helen Stevens and others learned the tough jobs associated with farming and fought discrimination to support their nation as the pioneering “Farmerettes” of the Women’s Land Army of America.