2017 Amelia Bloomer Top Ten

The 2017 Amelia Bloomer Project committee selected the following titles, listed in alphabetical order by title, as our Top Ten. The complete 2017 Amelia Bloomer List of 69 titles is now also available.


Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley, illustrated by Jessie Hartland (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman)

Balcony on the Moon by Ibtisam Barakat (Farrar Straus Giroux/Margaret Ferguson)

Becoming Unbecoming by Una (Arsenal Pulp)

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (Candlewick)

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston (Penguin/Dutton Books for Young Readers)

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Abrams/Amulet)

Take It As a Compliment by Maria Stoian (Jessica Kingsley/Singing Dragon)

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… and Why by Sady Doyle (Melville House)

We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino (Macmillan/Holt)

The Amelia Bloomer List is a project of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.

Members of the 2017 Amelia Bloomer Project committee are Katie Mitchell (co-chair), Saline District Library (MI);  Lizz Zitron (co-chair), Pacific Lutheran University (WA); Katelyn Browne, University of Northern Iowa (IA); Kelly Dickinson, National Cathedral School (DC); Emily Fear, Sewickley Public Library (PA); Kelsey Keyes, Boise State University (ID); Caitie Morphew, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA); Melissa Nemitz, West Windsor Public Library (NJ); Leila Roy, Lyman Community Library (ME), and Dr. Susan C. Griffith (alternate), Central Michigan University (MI).

Nomination: Girl Waits With Gun


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: CBLDF Presents: She Changed Comics

she-changed-comicsGomez, Betsy, ed. CBLDF Presents: She Changed Comics: The Untold Story of the Women Who Changed Free Expression in Comics!. 2016. 176p. Image Comics, $14.99 (978-1-6321-5929-8) Grade 8-up.

Women have played a significant role in maintaining free expression and creating ground-breaking content in comics since the industry’s earliest years.  These boundary-busting female writers, artists, publishers, and editors finally have their stories told in brief and informative profiles.

Nomination: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.

Shetterly, Margot Lee.hidden-figures Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. 2016. 368p. 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.

Nomination: I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark


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.

Nomination: Wrecked

wreckedPadian, Maria. Wrecked. 2016. 240p. Algonquin Young Readers/Workman Publishing, $17.95 (978-1-6162-0624-6). Gr. 10-up.

When freshman Jenny James formally accuses sophomore Jordan Bockus of rape, the repercussions ripple through their increasingly connected social circles on their small college campus as students and administrators grapple with their understandings of consent, rape culture, and justice.