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: Bitch Planet: Extraordinary Machine

DeConnick, Kelly Sue. Bitch Planet: Extraordinarybitch-planet-extraordinary-machine 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.

Nomination: Girl Waits With Gun

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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.

Nomination: Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga

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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.