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: 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


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.