Girl up. The feminist movement is more alive than ever, with women learning to stand up against inequality, violence and workplace discrimination. Some take it to the streets and some use words. If you're looking for something to help you embrace your womanhood and become a better, braver version of you, here are five new feminist anthologies that will serve as inspiration.
“Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World” by Kelly Jansen
Forty four creatives from all walks of life contribute in this treasure trove of fiction, poems, lists, comics, illustrations and essays meant to encourage body positivity, romance, gender identity and girl friendships. Packed with diverse views on what feminism is all about, this could be your go-to book when you're running out of steam for your self-confidence. The variety of content makes it a fun read, and can be enjoyed by women, and men, of all ages and beliefs.
“Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color” by Chandler O'Leary
Go back in time by exploring the lives of some of the world’s most famous women in this wonder of a book. Here, O'Leary visually highlights 27 brave and beautiful personalities who made a remarkable difference in their respective fields. Archival photographs, original posters and new art retell the stories of Eleanor Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, Queen Lili'uokalani and Virginia Woolf among others.
“Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World” by Rachel Ignotofsky
Who says women should stay at home? The fascinating females in this book broke society-imposed limitations and led various discoveries in the fields of science, engineering, mathematics and medicine. If you want to trigger the feminist geek in you, this is your best read. Fun infographics, beautiful art and a scientific glossary will keep you glued. Profiles include Jane Goodall, Alice Ball, Esther Lederberg and Katherine Johnson, the physicist who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” by Elena Favili
Here's a powerful anthology to inspire your little princess to be less of a damsel in distress before she goes to bed, as 100 stories from 100 outstanding women are retold in a fairytale narrative, packed with full-color portraits. With profiles from past to present, you can help her find her favorite heroine —and be one herself —by fostering similar values and a brave heart.
“1001 Knights” by Annie Stoll and Kevin Jay Stanton
Art director Annie Stoll and Signature Shakespeare illustrator Kevin Jay Stanton gather more than 250 artists, poets and fiction writers in a massive three-volume anthology inspired by courage, friendship and wisdom. Each feature carries people-positive values and feminist undertones, with a unique representation of what being a knight is all about. After its successful crowdfunding via Kickstarter, copies of the books will be available through the contributing artists.