Young Adult Lit/Crit

March 10, 2008

Amelia Bloomer Project

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 11:02 am

Dear Teachers,

I’ve been wanting to share this site w/you — and women’s history month and a woman candidate for president makes it a good time to do that. As you continue to read outside your comfort zone and to challenge yourself as a reader of young adult fiction/non-fiction, this will be a valuable list to focus on. Follow the link to the Project’s list of books that feature girls/women in important ways. Do post if you see a title of interest to you. I’ll be happy to track it down.

Here is the description of the Amelia Bloomer project:

“In 2007, the United States recognized the 30th anniversary of the National Women’s Conference, a celebration of women’s history and a call for women to create the future. In addition, we saw the 35th anniversaries of Roe v. Wade and Title IX, and followed closely the Presidential candidacy of a woman. At the same time, restrictions on women’s reproductive rights grew into a fight not about women’s rights but about pharmacists’ religious beliefs. Women still earned 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, and the high school drop out rate for American girls was at an all-time high. Politicians chose to spend billions of dollars subjugating foreign governments while starving social welfare programs at home. Feminism, a belief once woven tightly into the fabric of our “progressive” society, is unraveling at the hands of social and political conservatives. It is in this environment that the 2008 Amelia Bloomer Project honors the authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers who give life to books that encourage readers young and old to push the envelope and challenge what it means to be a woman, regardless of ethnicity or social-economic background.

This year’s list includes books challenging the young women of today to take a new look at what it means to be feminist, showcasing who fought for our rights. These books bring to light the stories of women who break boundaries, from civil war doctors and journalists covering WWII to graffiti artists and girls demanding to be accepted for who they are. The 32 books on the 2008 Amelia Bloomer Project list encourage and inspire girls to be smart, brave, and proud.

We are frustrated by the small number of truly powerful, well-written feminist books for young readers, and by the small number of non-white, non-Western characters. We are also dismayed by the dearth of authentic feminist fiction for beginning and middle readers. We challenge publishers to develop thoughtful feminist books that will open the eyes of young readers to the possibility of equality for women. Jyoti says simply, ‘The battle has just begun.'”



1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the link Karen. Just this afternoon, in my U.S History group, my students were having a lengthy debate concerning the progress of women’s equality in this country. These titles seem perfect for generating the type of critical discussion we have been talking about all semester.


    Comment by scrollman — March 11, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

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