10 years of classic YA-nonfiction books to inspire young feminists.

For 16 years, the feminist-task-force of the ALA has been publishing the Amelia Bloomer list to discover and promote feminist literature from birth to age 18. This is the final selection of titles from 2002-2011.
Young-adult-nonfiction YA-feminist women-history Amelia-Bloomer
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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Novels)

by Marjane Satrapi

About the book:  A New York Times Notable BookA Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-sellerWise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white...


Notes:  Final selection in the 2004 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Alice Walker: A Life

by Evelyn C. White

About the book:  "The rich, complex story White tells . . . is never less than fascinating." ―New York Times Book Review Alice Walker's life is remarkable not only because she was the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction (the book that won her that award, The Color Purple, has been translated into nearly thirty languages and made into an Academy Award–nominated film), but also because these accomplishments are merely highlights of a luminous and varied career made from inauspicious beginnings in rural Georgia. Drawing on extensive interviews and exhaustive research, Evelyn C. White brings this life to light. 16 pages of illustrations


Notes:  Final selection in the 2006 Amelia Bloomer list as YA non-fiction.

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Infidel

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

About the book:  The brutal murder of the Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh in 2004 shocked the world. Shot and mutilated by a Muslim fanatic as he cycled to work, it was a stark reminder of the dangers of challenging an extreme Islamic worldview. It also changed the life of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, van Gogh's collaborator on the film that had offended his murderer. Born in Somalia and raised a Muslim, she had escaped an arranged marriage and made a new life as a Dutch parliamentarian, championing the reform of Islam and its attitude to women's rights. She now has twenty-four-hour police protection, but refuses to let that inhibit her willingness to speak out. THE INFIDEL is Ayaan Hirsi Ali's astonishing story. Recounting the extraordinary transition from a third-world upbringing to her current status as one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, it is a truly remarkable autobiography that is as gripping as it is inspiring.


Notes:  Final selection in the 2008 Amelia Bloomer list for YA feminist literature non-fiction.

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Yentl's Revenge

by Danya Ruttenberg

About the book:  Thanks in large part to the struggles of their activist foremothers, today’s young Jewish women have a dizzying array of spiritual options. Yentl’s Revenge chronicles a range of experiences lived by an entire generation of women, from Judeo-pagan witches to young Orthodox mothers, from rabbis to sex educators. Contributors ponder Jewish transgenderdom, Jewish body image, Jewish punk, the stereotype of the Jewish American Princess, intermarriage, circumcision, faith, and intolerance. Essays include “Bubbe Got Back: Tales of a Jewish Caboose” by Ophira Edut, and “On Being a Jewish Feminist Valley Girl” by Tobin Belzer.


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Learning to Swim

by Ann Turner

About the book:  A series of poems convey the feelings of a young girl whose sense of joy and security at the family's summer house is shattered when an older boy who lives nearby sexually abuses her.


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Things I Have to Tell You

by Betsy Franco

About the book:  Teenage girls tell their own stories—in compelling poetry and prose paired with 42 striking black-and-white photographs.The voices in this collection have so much to question, so much to grieve. They have so much to celebrate, so much to rage against. They’re ready to speak up and begin the conversation — with you and with the world. More than thirty uncensored poems are accompanied by Nina Nickles’s masterful photographs, which sensitively capture the moods and essence of adolescence. Here, painted in the words of teenage girls, is a portrait of their dreams and desires - a record of hope, disillusionment, anger, joy, sadness, and most of all, strength.


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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In Real Life

by Leslie Sills

About the book:  The lives and works of Imogene Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Carrie Mae Weems, Elsa Dorfman and Cindy Sherman.


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Women with Wings

by Jacqueline A. Kolosov,Jacqueline McLean

About the book:  Describes the lives and accomplishments of six famous women aviators: Harriet Quimby, Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, Beryl Markham, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Jacqueline Cochran.


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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A History of Basketball for Girls and Women

by Joanne Lannin

About the book:  Book by Lannin, Joanne


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Nobody Particular

by Molly Bang

About the book:  Describes a female shrimper's attempt to stop a large chemical company from polluting a bay in East Texas.


Notes:  Final selection in 2002 Amelia Bloomer list.

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33 Things Every Girl Should Know

by Tonya Bolden

About the book:  Natalie Merchant. Sigourney Weaver. Tabitha Soren. Wendy Wasserstein. Rebecca Lobo. Lauren Hutton. Anita Roddick. Lynda Barry. These are among the thirty-three extraordinary women who lend their diverse voices to this outstanding collection of stories, songs, poems, comics, and essays that will give every adolescent girl reason to feel hopeful about making the transition from girlhood to womanhood. Dealing with subjects like popularity, success, communication with boys, speaking one's mind, and body image, here is a book that offers help and inspiration to girls as they struggle to find a portrayal of womanhood they can call their own. 33 Things Every Girl Should Know is an empowering and inspirational gift book that every girl will want to own, to share with friends, and to use as a springboard to self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and self-esteem. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Notes:  Final selection in the 2003 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Jericho Walls

by Kristi Collier

About the book:  Set in 1957, Jericho Walls is an unforgettable and inspiring novel about the power of friendship for a young girl growing up amid racism. "I woke early that first Sunday in Jericho. The sun was barely a stain in the sky, but the air was hot and clammy. My nightgown stuck to my skin. I padded to the bathroom and splashed my face with cold water. My stomach clenched in a queasy ball . . . I'd keep myself out of trouble in Jericho, I promised myself. I'd do all the right things and make lots of good friends and no one would care a whit about my being a preacher's daughter." Jo Clawson isn't the boy her father wanted, and she's not the "young lady" her neighbors expect of the preacher's daughter, either. But even though Jo doesn't always meet the expectations of the people around her, she still longs to fit in. When she and her family leave their northern home for the small southern town of Jericho, Alabama, Jo might finally stop picking fights and settle in right. But when Jo befriends a young black boy, she discovers that "fitting in" is about a lot more than proper manners or a smart outfit. Suddenly she's faced with a new set of questions that call up her own values. Maybe some fights are worth picking, after all.


Notes:  Final selection in the 2003 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Where the action was

by Penny Colman

About the book:  Relates the experiences of some of the women war correspondents who managed to break the biggest stories of World War II in spite of rules prohibiting women from covering combat.


Notes:  Final selection in the 2003 Amelia Bloomer list.

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No Turning Back

by Estelle Freedman

About the book:  A narrative history of feminism traces the origins and evolution of gender inequalitiy and the emergence of Western feminism, discusses a wide range of women's issues in relation to national political agendas and social welfare, and assesses modern feminist approaches to family, work, creativity, politics, and sexuality. Reprint.


Notes:  Final selection in the 2003 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Blue Jean

by Sherry S. Handel

About the book:  blue jean is a captivating and empowering compilation of the best in blue jean magazine fiction, reporting, essays and opinion pieces written and edited by young women. Sherry Handel launched blue jean magazine on a shoestring budget in 1996 to provide young women with an advertising-free alternative to the glamour and beauty magazines. More than fifty young women devoted their time and talents as blue jean teen editors, illustrators, photographers, interns, and correspondents to produce the only magazine written and produced by young women from around the world. Thousands of readers contributed their writings, artwork, and crafts with hopes that their byline and work would be published in an upcoming issue. blue jean magazine survived two and a half years in publication and was enjoyed in over twenty-four countries. Learn about the entrepreneurial vision of Sherry Handel, and the courageous launch of her dream. Experience the passion of the young women who made her vision a reality.


Notes:  Final selection in the 2003 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Fannie Lou Hamer

by Laura Baskes Litwin

About the book:  A biography of the civil rights activist who devoted her life to helping blacks register to vote and gain a national political voice.


Notes:  Final selection in the 2003 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Ms

by Elizabeth Wheaton

About the book:  Understand why this writer was the most famous feminist of her generation. Includes timeline, glossary, bibliography, research sources and index.


Notes:  Final selection in the 2003 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Zoya's Story

by John Follain,Rita Cristofari

About the book:  Kabul was always more beautiful in the snow. Even the piles of rotting rubbish in my street, the only source of food for the scrawny chickens and goats that our neighbors kept outside their mud houses, looked beautiful to me after the snow had covered them in white during the long night.Though she is only twenty-three, Zoya has witnessed and endured more tragedy and terror than most people experience in a lifetime. Born in a land ravaged by war, she was robbed of her parents when they were murdered by Muslim fundamentalists. Devastated, she fled Kabul with her grandmother and started a new life in exile in Pakistan. She joined the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), an organization that challenged the crushing edicts of the Taliban government, and she took destiny into her own hands, joining a dangerous, clandestine war to save her nation.Direct and unsentimental, Zoya vividly brings to life the realities of growing up in a Muslim culture, the terror of living in a perpetual war zone, the pain of losing those she has loved, the horrors of a woman’s life under the Taliban, and the discovered healing and transformation that lead her on a path of resistance.


Notes:  Final selection in the 2003 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Atta Girl!

by Alexandra Powe Allred

About the book:  Originally published as The Quiet Storm (Masters Press, 1998), this book has been completely revised and rewritten to include the sports and athletes that have become more prominent in the last five years. The growth in popularity of women's sports has been a long time coming. Many, many women have worked very hard behind the scenes to make today's professional and gold-medal winning Olympic teams a reality. But this book is about more than just the female athletes, it's about their relationships with each other, their families, their children. It is about the frustration of having to fight to have the same opportunities that male athletes have always had. It is about getting into the boys' club without wanting to be one of the boys. It celebrates women's strengths, humor and honor and the way women's participation in sports can positively influence girls and boys.


Notes:  Final selection in the 2004 Amelia Bloomer list.

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Bitches, bimbos, and ballbreakers

by Guerrilla Girls

About the book:  Whatever life a woman leads, from biker chick to society girl, there's a stereotype she'll have to live down. The Guerrilla Girls, notorious for their outrageous take on women's issues, now tackle the maze of stereotypes that follow women from cradle to grave. With subversive use of information—and great visuals—they explore the history and significance of stereotypes like Old Maid, Trophy Wife, and Prostitute with a Heart of Gold. They tag the Top Types, examine sexual slurs, explain the evolution of butches and femmes, and delve into the lives of real and fictional women who have become stereotypes, from Aunt Jemima to Tokyo Rose to June Cleaver. The Guerrilla Girls' latest assault on injustice towards women will make people laugh, make them mad, and maybe even make them change their minds.


Notes:  Final selection in the 2004 Amelia Bloomer list.

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