On March 8th, International Women’s Day, learn about exceptional women and their achievements, women’s rights, what it means to be a feminist, and more with these two resources for teen readers!
I Am a Feminist: Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times
by Monique Polak
Orca Book Publishers, 2019
$19.95 (pb), 175 pp, ages 12+
A new addition to the Orca Issues series, I Am a Feminist explores contemporary feminism as well as its historical roots. It provides an understanding of what feminism is and why it matters, along with real-life examples of people who are working to create gender equality worldwide, so that readers will be left inspired, informed, and able to work towards gender equality and justice themselves. This book would be useful for classroom discussions or studies of women’s history, inequality, feminism, activism, and current movements such as the #MeToo movement and #TimesUp.
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Annick Press, 2017
ISBN 9781554519576 (sc)
ISBN 9781554519583 (hc)
$14.95 (sc) / 19.95 (hc) 112 pp, Grade 9+
This International Women’s Day, bring an Indigenous perspective into your classroom readings and discussions with #NotYourPrincess. Over fifty Indigenous women contributed to this work, sharing stories, opinion pieces, artwork, poetry, and more. A diverse range of topics and stories are shared, including those that explore the residential school experience, what it means to be an Indigenous woman in today’s world, and other issues of identity and authenticity, making this work relatable to Indigenous women across the country and informative for those readers who are not Indigenous but looking to challenge their own assumptions and become more informed about Indigenous women’s issues. Overall, a celebration of Indigenous women, and their achievements, contributions, and voices, is achieved in this work. A highly recommended resource for high school readers and teachers of Indigenous Studies and English.
To learn more about International Women’s Day, visit https://www.internationalwomensday.com/