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Young Adult Nonfiction Girls & Women

I Am a Feminist

Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times

by (author) Monique Polak

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2019
Category
Girls & Women, Prejudice & Racism, Civil & Human Rights
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459818927
    Publish Date
    May 2019
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459818941
    Publish Date
    May 2019
    List Price
    $31.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12

Description

What is feminism? Why does it still matter? What exactly does intersectionality mean? In order to answer these (and many other) questions, I Am a Feminist first examines the history of feminism and then addresses the issues girls and women continue to face today. The book also looks at the ways in which people, especially young people, are working together to create a world where gender equality is a reality, not a dream. The author shares stories about the courageous individuals who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. From suffragists to the #MeToo movement, I Am a Feminist encourages readers to stand up and speak out for equality and justice.

About the author

MONIQUE POLAK is a regular contributor to The Montreal Gazette and has been published in many other major publications such as the Globe and Mail, The National Post, and Newsday. She is also the author of the Sports Stories novel Flip Turn, a Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice selection, and the SideStreets novels All In and On the Game, which was also an Our Choice selection. She lives in Montreal with her husband and daughter, where she teaches writing and English Literature.

www.moniquepolak.com

Monique Polak's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, Information Book Awards
  • Commended, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
  • Commended, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
  • Short-listed, Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's & Young Adult Literature
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets—Top Ten

Editorial Reviews

“Well-informed on the evolving issues that feminism is being called to address.”

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“[Polak's] candid ability to delve into the minds of young adults, engaging style, and conversational tone should spark further discussion without fear of reprisals...A must for all young people and teachers.”

New York Journal of Books

"In light of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, this concise but comprehensive examination of feminism from all angles will appeal to young readers. With its engaging content and attractive layout, this title is sure to spark meaningful discussion. Highly Recommended."

School Library Connection

&quotA conversational and engaging style…The extensive back matter will please researchers…A first purchase for larger libraries.&quot

School Library Journal

"A comprehensive exploration of the varied issues faced by today's girls and women…Polak speaks to her readers directly in a relaxed, relatable, conversational approach…An excellent grounding in what it means to be a feminist and a testament to the power of the movement to change things for the better."

Quill & Quire

"Polak's knowledgeable voice provides a simple yet comprehensive overview of key feminist issues, successfully highlighting the evolution of this social cause…This amply illustrated introduction will spark discussion among teens who wish to make a difference in their community."

Kirkus Reviews

"This nuanced book, which explores stories of real women working hard to change the world, will help passionate teenagers navigate life."

Booklist

★ “Engaging and conversational...Not only fascinating and passionately written, but it would serve as an excellent tool for teachers who want to introduce feminism to their classes."

Canadian Children's Book News, starred review

"Polak has written a book that is both approachable and interesting for young readers while providing thought-provoking statistics and examples…The book will have an intellectual appeal to many young adult readers, and it is also physically appealing."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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