2016 Amelia Bloomer List

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.  

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Nomination: Remarkable Minds: 17 More Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine.

51Zt8R9jWrL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_Noyce, Pendred E. Remarkable Minds: 17 More Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine. 2015. 183p. Tumblehome Learning, $18.95 (978-0-9907-8290-2), Gr. 7-up.

For centuries, women have dared to move beyond their traditional roles to pursue new understandings of the natural world. This book introduces 17 of those women, spanning four centuries and chronicles their contributions to natural science and medicine.

Nomination: We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out

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Clark, Annie E. and Andrea L. Pino. We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out. 2016. 368p.Henry Holt/Houghton Mifflin, $17.00 (978-1-6277-9533-3). Gr.10-up.

Over the past few years, a growing movement of survivors and activists have mobilized to break the silence surrounding the painful reality of sexual violence on college campuses. This collection highlights the voices of a diverse group of survivors who demand to be heard.  

Nomination: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: BFF

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 1Reeder, Amy and Brandon Montclare.  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: BFF. Illus. by Natacha Bustos. 2016. Unpaged. Marvel, $17.99 (978-1-3029-0005-2). Gr. 6-up.
Her classmates might laugh and her parents might not understand but Lunella Lafayette is confident that she has the brains to change the world. Mostly importantly, Lunella is determined to find a way to control her latent Inhuman genes.  Then a giant red dinosaur bounces out of the past and into the middle of her already complicated mission.

Nomination: Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

shrill-size-custom-crop-424x650West, Lindy. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. 2016. 260p. Hachette Books, $26.00 (978-0-316-34840-9). Gr.10-up.

In this series of personal essays, writer, comedian and activist West challenges cultural forces that are hostile to women, particularly plus size women, and how these forces interfere with the ability of women to survive and thrive, whether in comedy, entertainment or their day-to-day lives.

Nomination: We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to Covergirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement

we were feminists onceZeisler, Andi. We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to Covergirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement.. 2016. 304p. PublicAffairs, $26.99 (978-1-6103-9589-2). Gr.10-up.

As feminism seems to be shifting from a controversial movement for social change to a label easily stamped on everything from pop stars to underwear brands, Bitch Media co-founder and creative director Zeisler examines the movement’s growing commodification and explores why, despite its recent positive media profile, feminism’s work remains unfinished in many areas.