Feminist Nonfiction TBR | International Women’s Day 2018

Happy International Women’s Day!  If you don’t normally read nonfiction, I hope my roundup inspires you.  There’s something on here for every age group.  Some of these books anthologise a diverse array of women’s stories so you can hitchhike through history and travel around the globe between the covers of just one book! 

Books can be such a powerful tool for unity and equality.  So speak up, read up, and know that your story is important.  

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break3Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

30754000EDITOR: Kelly Jensen
PUBLISHER: Algonquin Young Readers
RELEASE DATE
: January 24, 2017
GENRE
: Nonfiction, Essay Anthology
PAGE COUNT
: 240
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LET’S GET THE FEMINIST PARTY STARTED! Have you ever wanted to be a superheroine? Join a fandom? Create the perfect empowering playlist? Understand exactly what it means to be a feminist in the twenty-first century? You’ve come to the right place. Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like. Come on in, turn the pages, and be inspired to find your own path to feminism by the awesome individuals in Here We Are.

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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

coverAUTHOR: Penelope Bagieu
PUBLISHER: First Second
RELEASE DATE
: March 6, 2018
GENRE
: Graphic Nonfiction
PAGE COUNT
: 304
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With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Bakerto Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

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Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World

35888416AUTHOR: Mackenzi Lee
PUBLISHER: Abram’s Image
RELEASE DATE
: February 27, 2018
GENRE
: Nonfiction
PAGE COUNT
: 176
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Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these historic female pioneers. Starting in the fifth century BC and continuing to the present, the book takes a closer look at bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside the traditional gender roles of their time. Coupled with riveting illustrations and Lee’s humorous and conversational storytelling style, this book is an outright celebration of the badass women who paved the way for the rest of us.

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Rebellious Daughters

rebellious-daughters-9781925183528_hrEDITORS: Maria Katsonis & Lee Kofman
PUBLISHER: Ventura Press
RELEASE DATE
: August 1, 2016
GENRE
: Nonfiction, Essay Anthology
PAGE COUNT
: 232
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Good daughters hold their tongues, obey their elders and let their families determine their destiny. Rebellious daughters are just the opposite. In Rebellious Daughters, some of Australia’s most talented female writers share intimate and touching stories of rebellion and independence as they defy the expectations of parents and society to find their place in the world.

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Men Explain Things to Me

52251be87424aa01d27657af0db0c6d7AUTHOR: Rebecca Solnit
PUBLISHER: Haymarket Books 
RELEASE DATE
: May 20, 2013
GENRE
: Essay
PAGE COUNT
: 130
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In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.

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Fight Like A Girl

9781760292362AUTHOR: Clementine Ford
PUBLISHER: Allen & Unwin
RELEASE DATE
: October 1, 2016
GENRE
: Nonfiction
PAGE COUNT
: 294
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Online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary debut Fight Like A Girl is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be, and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women. Crucially, it is a call to arms for all women to rediscover the fury that has been suppressed by a society that still considers feminism a threat.

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Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

6f9c77686b209de3924d35ab35a5ab3f.jpgAUTHOR: Brittney Cooper
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press
RELEASE DATE
: February 20, 2018
GENRE
: Nonfiction, Politics, Race
PAGE COUNT
: 288
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Eloquent Rage takes up this politics of critical dissent, asking: How do Black women resist stereotypical portrayals of them angry, aggressive, scary and violent? How do Black women dissent from a national narrative about heterosexual Black intimacy that says we are undesirable, unlovable, and unfit for partnerships or marriages? How do we dissent from religious patriarchy? How do we use our participation in politics to resist the march of fascism? How does our embrace of Beyonce act as a kind of dissent against those who would dismiss as frivolous Black women’s pursuit of pleasure and joy?

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Make More Noise: New Stories in Honour of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Make-More-Noise-355610-3-456x701EDITOR: Emma Carroll
PUBLISHER: Noisy Crow
RELEASE DATE
: February 1, 2018
GENRE
: Junior Nonfiction
PAGE COUNT
: 288
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Each story, written by a star-studded list of contributors, including well-known, award-winning and new voices in children’s literature, celebrates strong female characters, with subjects ranging from the ’43 Group to modern ghost stories.

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Can you recommend any other feminist titles or women’s narratives you love?  What’s on your TBR?  If you’re hungry for more, check out my Feminist Book Recs page.

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