This seems like a great giveaway for Women’s History Month, no? Per the excellent press release I got about Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World:
Book Riot editor Kelly Jensen brings together a diverse group of influential voices—including Sierra Leonian-American ballerina Michaela DePrince, politician Wendy Davis, acclaimed authors Nova Ren Suma and Courtney Summers, and pop culture celebrities— to examine what feminism means for young readers in Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. In this two-color, scrapbook-style collection of personal essays, lists, art, and poetry, readers will take a tour through the history of feminism; learn about self-love, personal identity, and confidence; explore gender and sexuality; discover pop culture through a feminist lens; and much more. For example, author Kaye Mirza writes an essay on how her faith, as a Muslim woman who proudly wears the hijab, led her to feminism, while in another essay, songwriter Matt Nathanson resolves not to build his life on the foundation of straight white male privilege. Other artists like Liz Prince offer comics, photography, and humorous, illustrated guides. Each contributor to this varied, young adult nonfiction anthology brilliantly illustrates that there is no singular way to be a feminist. “It felt like the right time to bring together a variety of voices, perspectives, and insights into what feminism means, what it looks like, and why it’s a movement that teenagers want to know and be involved in,” says Jensen. “This is very much the book I would have wanted as a teenager to help me make sense of the idea.”
Also included in the anthology are Roxane Gay, Brandy Colbert (whose novel Pointe is one of my favorites), Mindy Kaling, Malinda Lo, and Laverne Cox (in interview). We have a copy, and it’s really great; It would be an excellent gift for a young person in your life. Or even an old one.
THE TASK: We have one copy of Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World to give away. I’m going to pick the winner at random, as usual, but to keep it interesting, please comment and tell us a woman who inspired you. (She can be a woman you know, or a public figure; For example, I am inspired by Serena Williams.)
THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. (Prizing courtesy of the publisher. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only. Thank you!)