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.
Schiot, Molly. Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History. 2016. 224p. Simon & Schuster, $25.00 (9781501137099). Gr.7-up.
Across sports, nations, and decades, these profiles call attention to celebrated and lesser-known women sports pioneers.
McGinnis, Mindy. The Female of the Species. 2016. 341p. Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99 (9780062320896). Gr. 10-12.
Teens Alex, Peekay, and Jack, navigate their senior year in a small, rural town wracked by sexual violence.
Shields, Carol and Crowe, Patrick. Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush. Illus. By Selena Goulding. 2016. 152p. Second Story Press, $22.95 (978-1-77260-003-2). Gr. 7-up.
Susanna Moodie’s classic book “Roughing it in the Bush” became an acclaimed international sensation, but was derided by many in her adopted home, Canada, for being too unflattering. This graphic novel shares the life and words of a pioneer who struggled for her family’s very survival.
Stanley, Diane. Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer. Illus. by Jessie Hartland. 2016. Unpaged. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $17.99 (978-1-4814-5249-6). Gr.Pre-3.
A great imagination and a rigorous mathematical education led Ada Lovelace to write the very first computer program.
Swaby, Rachel. Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science who Changed the World. 2016. 195p. Random House/ Delacorte Press, $15.99 (978-0-399-55396-7). Gr.5-up.
Trailblazers highlights the accomplishments and significant contributions of 33 female scientists whose work has been unrecognized and overlooked.
Plan International. As a Boy. 2016. 24p. Second Story Press, 18.95 (978-1-77260-016-2). Gr. Pre-K-3.
Teaching that feminism is global, As a Boy encourages young boys to recognize the early signs of sexism in their world and to fight against them, not only for the women and girls in their personal lives, because it is the right thing to do for all humans.
Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. 2016. 40p. William Morrow & Company, $27.99 (978-0-0623-6359-6). Gr.9 and up.
During the Second World War, the need for qualified mathematicians was powerful enough to convince the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory to hire talented black women as human computers — even in racially segregated Virginia. Despite systemic racism and sexism, these women made significant contributions to research that led to placing humans on the moon.