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Fight like a girl : 50 feminists who changed the world
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9781936976966
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San Francisco, CA : Zest Books, c2016
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223 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Mary Wollstonecraft -- Sojourner Truth -- Elizabeth Blackwell -- Marie Curie -- Amy Jacques Garvey -- Frida Kahlo -- Simone de Beauvoir -- Pauli Murray -- Rosa Parks -- Florynce Kennedy -- Shirley Chisholm -- Maya Angelou -- Yayoi Kusama -- Faith Ringgold -- Yoko Ono -- Audre Lorde -- Jane Goodall -- Judy Blume -- Judy Chicago -- Frances M. Beal -- Wangari Maathai -- Wilma Rudolph -- Angela Davis -- Alice Walker -- Wilma Mankiller -- Barbara Lee -- Shirin Ebadi -- Hillary Clinton -- Kate Bornstein -- Pam Grier -- Leslie Feinberg -- Sally Ride -- bell hooks -- Cindy Sherman -- Oprah -- Sandra Cisneros -- Geena Davis -- Anita Hill -- Poly Styrene -- Madonna -- Ren©♭e Cox -- Wendy Davis -- Kathleen Hanna -- Margaret Cho -- Queen Latifah -- Ani DiFranco -- Roxane Gay -- Beyonc©♭ -- Tavi Gevinson -- Malala Yousafzai.
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Nearly every day there's another news story, think piece, or pop cultural anecdote related to feminism and women's rights. Conversations around consent, equal pay, access to contraception, and a host of other issues are foremost topics of conversation in American media. And today's teens are encountering these issues from a different perspective than any generation has beforebut what's often missing from the current discussion is an understanding of how we've gotten to this place. Fight Like a Girl introduces readers to the history of feminist activism in the U.S. in an effort to celebrate those who paved the way and draw attention to those who are working hard to further the feminist cause today.
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Nearly every day there's another news story or pop cultural anecdote related to feminism and women's rights. #YesAllWomen, conversations around consent, equal pay, access to contraception, and a host of other issues are foremost topics of conversation in American (and worldwide) media right now. Today's teens are encountering these issues from a different perspective than any generation has had before, but what's often missing from the current discussion is an understanding of how we've gotten to this place. Fight Like a Girl will familiarize readers with the history of feminist activism, in an effort to celebrate those who paved the way and draw attention to those who are working hard to further the cause of women's rights. Profiles of both famous and lesser-known feminists will be featured alongside descriptions of how their actions affected the overall feminist cause, and unique portraits (artist's renderings) of the feminists themselves. This artistic addition will take the book beyond simply an informational text, and make it a treasure of a book.


Author Notes

Laura Barcella is a contributing editor at xoJane and a contributing writer at The Fix. She edited Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop , an anthology of essays about Madonna by women writers, and is the author of a pop culture guide to the apocalypse called The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About... Before It's Too Late . Laura has written features, profiles, essays, and more for Salon , Esquire.com, the Village Voice, Cosmopolitan , Elle.com, Refinery29, the Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out New York , AlterNet, BUST, Elle Girl , CNN.com, and NYLON . An expert on pop culture, feminism, and lifestyles, she lives in San Francisco, California.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-This title achieves a snappy portrayal of feminist history by focusing on 50 world-changing feminists. Barcella uses each minibiography as a place to define and explore the many ways people practice feminism. The list includes trans, black, Middle Eastern, Native American, and other women from across history (though it's light on Latina and Asian women), covering the arts, politics, sports, science, and other disciplines. Barcella examines both "big-name" feminists and lesser-known women. Similar in format to a zine, this work has a conversational tone that doesn't shy away from swear words or movement vocabulary. For each woman, there is a claim to fame listed that is in relation to her career and country of origin, followed by a couple of paragraphs on her life and legacy, ending with "Cool Credentials" (bullet points with some highlights from her life) and "Quotables" (a few quotes by the person profiled). The art and graphics are irregular; most of the women profiled get their own line-drawn portrait, a few receive only a drawing representing some aspect of their life, and some get nothing at all. The bibliography is immense but serves as the only back matter to this volume. The book could have benefitted from a glossary in the front, as it explains terms (such as intersectional feminism and Marxism) as they come up, but a framework for the terms used often (oppression) could have been valuable. This is a good selection for teens who like MTV's Decoded or BuzzFeed lists or who, like the author, are inspired by rallies and social justice heroes. VERDICT A worthy introduction for the feminist teen and an excellent choice for Women's History Month and other targeted collections.-Lisa Nowlain, Darien Library, CT © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Taking an expansive view of feminism, Barcella offers chronologically organized capsule biographies of 50 influential women, bookended by Mary Wollstonecraft and Malala Yousafzai. Other featured figures include Judy Blume, Sally Ride, Ani DiFranco, Sandra Cisneros, and Beyoncé, the blend of musicians, writers, politicians, scientists, and activists creating a vast tapestry of accomplishment. In concise but eloquent writing, Barcella divides each woman's story into three sections ("Her Legacy," "Her Life Story," "Her Cool Credentials"); of author Roxane Gay, she remarks, "Gay's willingness to embrace all her contradictions has helped make it okay for other women to do the same." Pierre's black-and-white portraits are a subtle accompaniment in this wide-ranging tribute to trailblazing women. Ages 14-up. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

From Mary Wollstonecraft and Sojourner Truth to Tavi Gevinson and Malala Yousafzai, this chronological group biography spans cultures and individual endeavors of the women who have been marked by and helped to shape a more feminist world. Each entry of three-to-four pages includes a brief introduction to the individual's accolades, followed by a short biography, a list of her cool credentials, and quotations from her writing, speaking, and public interviews. Each profile is also accompanied by a small black-and-white portrait. An extensive bibliography supports the descriptions and quotations. The inclusion of trans women, celebrity performers, and women who assert a lack of comfort with feminism add to the book's inclusivity and make it even more likely to spur stimulating discussions. An ideal companion to Rachel Swaby's adult title, Headstrong (2015), and Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl's Rad American Women A-Z (2015), this will also open doors to the work of some of the women profiled.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2016 Booklist