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.
Gomez, 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.
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.