|Timestamp||Please enter the nomination: Author. Title. Publication Date, including release month if you know it. Publisher. Include ISBN if you know it.||Please explain why this nomination represents significant feminist content.||Please enter your name, email, and any other information that you would like for us to know about you.||Volunteer to Read|
|12/4/2014 14:50:22||Dear Malala, We Stand with You - Rosemary McCarney 9780553521207 10/28/2014 Crown Books for Young Readers||Rosemary McCarney has over 20 years of international development work and runs the Canadian operations of Plan International as President and CEO. Her skills and passion play a pivotal role in Plan's Because I am a Girl Initiative, which advocates for girls’ rights everywhere. Despite her unrelenting schedule that takes Rosemary all over the world, her three children and partner Barry remain the center of her personal universe.||Katie||Nominated for 2015 under original title, nothing new with content|
|12/5/2014 14:21:08||Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Raul Colon [9780375856068: Alfred A. Knopf BFYR] 12/23/2014, Hardcover||A stunning picture-book biography of iconic African American opera star Leontyne Price.|
Born in a small town in Mississippi in 1927, the daughter of a midwife and a sawmill worker, Leontyne Price might have grown up singing the blues. But Leontyne had big dreams—and plenty to be thankful for—as she surrounded herself with church hymns and hallelujahs, soaked up opera arias on the radio, and watched the great Marian Anderson grace the stage.
While racism made it unlikely that a poor black girl from the South would pursue an opera career, Leontyne’s wondrous voice and unconquerable spirit prevailed. Bursting through the door Marian had cracked open, Leontyne was soon recognized and celebrated for her leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera and around the world—most notably as the majestic Ethiopian princess in Aida, the part she felt she was born to sing.
From award-winners Carole Boston Weatherford and Raul Colón comes the story of a little girl from Mississippi who became a beloved star—one whose song soared on the breath of her ancestors and paved the way for those who followed.
|Nominated for 2015, not eligible|
|3/1/2015, 12:15 pm||Nancy Marie Brown. The Saga of Gudrid the Far-Traveler. June 15, 2015. namelos. 978-1-60898-189-2||Gudrid, an Icelandic woman mentioned in both of the medeival Icelandic sagas about the Vikings' adventures in Wine Land (aka Vinland) around the year 1000 led an extraordinary life of adventure and accomplishment that has made her a legend for over 1,000 years.||Nancy Hogan, firstname.lastname@example.org, I am the Marketing Director at namelos <www.namelos.com>.||Linda||not nominating|
|3/2/2015 0:00:00||A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall. JSchwartz & Wade (January 27, 2015) 0375868321.||Beautifully written and illustrated story of women and men making blackberry fool over the email@example.com, GraceAnne A. DeCandido, retired instructor in children's and YA literature.||katie||not nominating|
|4/2/2015 0:00:00||Lumberjanes v.1 by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis, BOOM Box! April 2015||Kickass girl scouts who are resourceful, historically mindful, and so very brave. It's really more about the girls being strong in a group and that being an rarity of portrayal kind of feminism.||Jennie Law, former Bloomer, firstname.lastname@example.org||nominated|
|8/27/2015 9:58:19||Susan Signe Morrison|
Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife
Top Hat Books.
|Brimhild weaves peace and conveys culture to the kingdom, until the secret of her birth threatens to tear apart the fragile political stability. This is her story – the tale of Grendel’s Mother. She is no monster as portrayed in the Old English epic, Beowulf. We learn her side of the story and that of her defamed child. We see the many passages of her life: the brine-baby who floated mysteriously to shore; the hall-queen presiding over the triumphant building of the golden hall Heorot and victim of sexual and political betrayal; the exiled mere-wife, who ekes out a marginal life by an uncanny bog as a healer and contends with the menacing Beowulf; and the seer, who prophesizes what will occur to her adopted people.|
We learn how the invasion by brutal men is not a fairy tale, but a disaster doomed to cycle relentlessly through human history. Only the surviving women can sing poignant laments, preserve a glittering culture, and provide hope for the future.
Professor of English
I teach English, including "Beowulf," to college students. But many of my students read "Beowulf" in high school, along with John Gardner's "Grendel." I read an review copy and see that it gives teens the female perspective of this fundamental story.
|9/2/2015 8:54:27||Author: Mette Bach|
US Publication Date: September 2015
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
paperback ISBN: 9781459407671
epub ISBN: 9781459407695
|Femme explores the journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance of Sofie, a teenager in her last year of high school who comes to identify as a femme lesbian. The novel follows Sofie as she deals with her own self-doubts and the prejudices of those around her. There are many strong and diverse female characters in this book, including Sofie and her girlfriend, Clea, who is one of the only out-lesbians at their school.|
Femme promotes in a positive way alternative sexual orientations and interracial relationships, as well as discovering who you are and coming out as your authentic self despite dominant heteronormative expectations.
|Robin Studniberg, Assistant Editor at James Lorimer & Company|
|9/4/2015 13:19:25||Heather Lang|
THE ORIGINAL COWGIRL
March 1, 2015
|Lucille Mulhall, the original cowgirl, roped and rode into the spotlight at a time when women were considered the 'weaker sex'. Rodeos didn't allow women to compete in the early 1900s but Lucille Mulhall changed all that by her persistence and sheer love of riding. Today's girls might enjoy horseback riding including participating in competitions but reading about Lucille will bring them to a level of appreciation for what was once unheard of that is now open to them and other girls as they become young women. A feminist seeks equality. Lucille Mulhall was equal to the cowboys of her day and is a role model for girls in today's world.||Marty Lapointe-Malchik|
I am a teacher of the deaf who spends time in today's classrooms as a consultant. I gave The Original Cowgirl to a mentor of mine who has a granddaughter who is learning to groom and ride horses with her grandmother. My quest as someone who loves to share literature with colleagues as well as families I work with is to look for books that are diverse in the way that they portray gender roles. Real people making real choices to be who they are and not what someone tells them they should be are among the best main characters we can emulate. I cannot offer enough praise for Heather Lang's story of a cowgirl who was herself when that wasn't the easiest choice to make.
|9/11/2015 6:53:09||Title: ALL THE RAGE|
Author: Courtney Summers
Publication Date: 4/14/15
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (St. Martin's Press, Macmillan)
|ALL THE RAGE shows what it means to be victimized, but to not allow oneself to become a victim. Courtney Summers not only used the words of her novel to support and empower women, but took to social media with a thunderclap campaign, #tothegirls, that allowed women all across the world to send positive messages of love to other women. Courtney Summers' ALL THE RAGE is a heartbreaking, yet empowering, exploration of the effects that sexual assault can have on young women today, and what one person can accomplish to help break the cycle.||Claire Leaden|
Publicity, St. Martin's Press
|9/22/2015 7:27:38||Hilary Klein. Compañeras. 2/24/15. Seven Stories Press. 9781609805876.||Compañeras is the untold story of women's involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers—who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Compañeras shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a force of thousands, how a woman once confined to her kitchen rose to conduct peace negotiations with the Mexican government, and how hundreds of women overcame ingrained hardships to strengthen their communities from within.||Lauren Hooker, assistant editor, Seven Stories Press. email@example.com. 212-226-8760.||Katie||Not nominating. Excellent book, not our age range.|