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.
Levy, Debbie. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. Illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley. 2016. 40p. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (978-1-4814-6559-5). Gr.1-5.
Since childhood, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has called out and challenged inequality. She fought sexism and prejudice to become a lawyer, a judge, and a Supreme Court justice who now works to ensure that everyone is treated fairly under the law.
Girard, M-E. Girl Mans Up. 2016. 373p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062404176). Gr. 9 -up.
Pen Oliveira just wants to be herself. When her friends and family begin questioning her identity, Pen begins to reconsider the loyalty and respect she has unfailingly given to her friends and family. Pen meets and falls for cute Blake, defying the demands of her best buddy, Colby. She also befriends Olivia, Colby’s ex, supporting her through an abortion. At the same time she struggles to find her place and reconcile her identity within her traditional Portuguese family.
Ignotofsky, Rachel. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World. 2016. 127p. Ten Speed Press, $16.99 (978-1-60774-976-9). Gr.6-up.
Women in Science highlights the significant scientific accomplishments and contributions of fifty women who have had to overcome gender discrimination in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Sheperd, Jodi. Malala Yousafzai: Champion for Education. 32 p. Scholastic/Children’s Press, $17.25 (978-531-2247-9). Gr.PreS-2.
Malala Yousafzai challenged life under the Taliban rule and demanded that girls receive equal access to education. When her identity was released as a BBC blogger challenging the Taliban and championing education for girls, she was target and shot by the Taliban. After she recovered, Malala continued her fight for education access for girls
Hand, Cynthia. My Lady Jane. 2016. 512p. Harper/HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062391742). Gr. 9-up.
Lady Jane Grey is married by her cousin King Edward to a nobleman in an effort to secure the throne when the King eventually succumbs to The Affliction. Jane, an educated intellectual is dismayed by her match, but is further dismayed when her cousin supposedly dies, leaving her Queen of England, but only for nine days. Armed with a consciousness and a desire to do good, she strives to find a balance between the Edians and the Verities. She works with an unlikely band of heroes to recover the throne, and bring peace and prosperity to a troubled land.
Alexander, Carol. Bessie Coleman: Trailblazing Pilot. 32 p. Scholastic/Children’s Press. $17.25 (9780531225455). Gr.PreS-2.
Despite challenges that included poverty, racism and sexism Bessie Coleman achieved success as the first female black pilot in the world.
Patel, Sonia. Rani Patel in Full Effect. 2016. 314p. Cinco Puntos, $16.95 (978-1-941026-49-6). Gr.10-up.
As Rani expresses herself and her feminism through rap, she processes the impact of incest and other abuse on her life.