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Watch Us Rise by
Frustrated by the way women are treated--even at their progressive New York City high school--two best friends start a Women's Rights Club, post their essays and poems online, and watch it go viral, attracting positive support as well as trolls.
Under a Painted Sky by
In 1849 Samantha, a Chinese girl, and Annamae, a runaway slave, disguise themselves as young men named Sammy and Andy and travel along the Oregon Trail to California in hopes of making new lives for themselves.
The Poet X by
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.
With Mami's determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she doesn't know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can't stop thinking about performing her poems.
In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, Viv, sixteen, starts a feminist revolution using anonymously-written zines.
Staring down the Tiger by
Presents a collection of poetry and prose works by Hmong American women exploring the challenges of transitioning to American culture, maintaining identity, breaking through cultural barriers, and navigating changes in gender roles.
Our Stories, Our Voices by
This collection of twenty-one essays from major YA authors—including award-winning and bestselling writers—touches on a powerful range of topics related to growing up female in today’s America, and the intersection with race, religion, and ethnicity.
This Time Will Be Different by
Seventeen-year-old CJ Katsuyama's family sold their flower shop to a white man for next to nothing while they were interned during World War II. Thirty years later, the family bought the store back from that family, the McAllisters, who had prospered in the interim. Now the shop is in financial trouble and CJ's mother works for McAllister Venture Capital. CJ's mother pushes CJ to make something of her life, but CJ only seems to excel at arranging flowers, and she feels aimless. When secrets about the McAllister patriarch come to light, CJ and a group of student activists find something to rally behind, though it causes friction in the community and between CJ and her mother.
The Grace Year by
Sixteen-year-old Tierney James lives in a misogynistic community in which young women are accused of possessing a magical power to seduce men through a powerful aphrodisiac they emit from their skin. They are therefore exiled out of the community for year, called the Grace Year, to release their magic into the wild before the survivors come home to marry. Outside the compound walls are poachers who rape and kill the girls and sell their body parts for profit. Tierney is banished from the newly formed Grace Year clique of girls and falls for a young poacher whose own life is threatened. But between the compound and the hunters, the greatest danger may come from the other girls on their Grace Year.
Silhouette of a Sparrow by
During the summer of 1926 in the lake resort town of Excelsior, Minnesota, sixteen-year-old Garnet, who dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology, is resigned to marrying a nice boy and settling into middle-class homemaking until she takes a liberating job in a hat shop and begins an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper.
You Too? by
Presents a collection of twenty-five essays about the sexual harassment and abuse the various authors experienced.
We Set the Dark on Fire by
At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children. Both paths promise a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her pedigree is a lie. She must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society. And school couldn’t prepare her for the difficult choices she must make after graduation, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or will she give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?
Because I Was a Girl by
Contains a collection of stories from women sharing their personal struggles and barriers they've had to overcome to achieve their dreams. Personal accounts come from best selling authors, civil rights, activists, entrepreneurs, and even young women, spanning the decades from the 1920s to the present.