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.
O’Leary, Chandler and Jessica Spring. Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color. 2016. 130p. Sasquatch Books, $24.95 (978-1-63217-057-6). Gr.10-up.
Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring give a new voice to twenty four “dead feminists” by commemorating these women via the artistry of the once popular broadside.
DeConnick, Kelly Sue. Bitch Planet: Extraordinary Machine. Illus. By Valentine De Landro. 2015. 136p. Image Comics, paperback, $9.99 (978-1-63215-366-1).
Futuristic science fiction set in a world in which the patriarchy rules with an iron fist—and non-compliant women are sent to a prison outpost commonly known as Bitch Planet. Violent, intelligent, and occasionally viciously funny, Bitch Planet uses and subverts the aesthetics and tropes of exploitation movies to comment on gender and race, power and identity, on the policing of women’s bodies and on the ways that various forms of media are used to subjugate, influence, and control.
Stewart, Amy. Girl Waits With Gun. 2015. 448p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27.00 (978-0-5444-0991-0). Gr.9-up
After an altercation with powerful local factory owner Henry Kaufman, Constance Kopp and her sisters find their lives under threat. Refusing to be bullied, Constance puts her brain and courage to work, protecting her sisters from both Kaufman’s violent attacks and the larger threat to their hard won independence.
Beaton, Kate. Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection. 2015. 166p. Drawn + Quarterly, $19.95 (978-1-77046-208-3). Gr.9-up.
Beaton skewers historical figures, literary characters, and popular misconceptions of feminism through incisive comics.
Okparanta, Chinelo. Under the Udala Trees. 2015. 328p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26.00 (978-0-544-00344-6). Gr.10-up.
Ijeoma struggles against patriarchal and heteronormative expectations to build a safe, honest life for herself.
Croll, Jennifer. Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga. Illus. by Ada Buchholc. 2016. 208p. Annick Press, $24.95 (978-1-55451-786-2). Gr. 7 and up.
Celebrate style icons throughout the ages and the ways they used fashion as a powerful tool for communication, protest, and to push societal boundaries. Bad Girl of Fashion are the rule breakers who were determined to live life on their own terms and brought about very good change for the rest of us.
Willen, Janet and Marjorie Gann. Speak A Word for Freedom: Women Against Slavery. 2016. 216p. Tundra Books, $21.99 (978-1-7704-9651-4). Grade 7-up.
For centuries, women have played a particularly important role in abolitionist movements around the world. These fourteen activists refused to be silenced in their fights to end slavery in their time and for all time.