Hi all, happy International Women’s Day! Happy Women’s History Month! I’m so delighted today to be hosting a special giveaway of two amazing, girl-centric, feminist books: Here We Are: Feminism For the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen, and Boss Babes: A Coloring & Activity Book for Grown-Ups by Michelle Volansky!
A little background on this giveaway:
As a lot of you know, I’m a feminist and a strong supporter of equality. It’s been deeply disturbing to see what’s going on in the US with regards to President Trump and women’s rights. And it’s even scarier to see how threads of misogyny, prejudice, and racism are coming out of the woodwork in Canada.
Last year, I did a giveaway of Boss Babes for Workman Publishing, and it was really popular with you guys, but also with friends and family who don’t normally read YA. In fact, my best friend’s four-year old daughter came over to visit and immediately grabbed for my copy of Boss Babes to colour.
I knew it in my mind, but to see how much people were clamoring for great content that was feminist, that promoted women? That was a joy.
So when Here We Are came out, I contacted my friends at Thomas Allen, who distribute both Workman Publishing and Algonquin Books in Canada. I asked if I could do a promo and giveaway of both of these amazing books, together. And, dare I say it, here we are.
more about Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World & Boss BabesHere We Are: Feminism for the Real World Buy It: Indigo.ca | Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | IndieBound | The Book Depository | iTunes | Google Books | B&N
LET'S GET THE FEMINIST PARTY STARTED!
Have you ever wanted to be a superheroine? Join a fandom? Create the perfect empowering playlist? Understand exactly what it means to be a feminist in the twenty-first century? You’ve come to the right place.
Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like. Come on in, turn the pages, and be inspired to find your own path to feminism by the awesome individuals in Here We Are.
Welcome to one of the most life-changing parties around!
Instead of telling you just how awesome Here We Are is, here are a couple of pages from it. I haven’t finished reading all the essays, but what I love about this book is that it’s a guide that’s easily read and thought about in chunks. There is great history on the women’s movement, and then the book delves into different issues – feminism in relationships, gender identity, sexuality, pop culture, bodies, ambition, and more.
Also, it’s super-fun. I feel like I’ve already learned so much just by thumbing through.
If you’re thinking at all about learning more about feminism, intersectionality, how to be an ally, this is the most fun you’ll have doing it. It refuses to talk down to teens. It’s definitely a book that both adults and young women can read.Boss Babes
Author: Michelle Volansky
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Publication date: September 20th 2016
Source: Finished copy from Workman Publishing (thank you!)
A playful and play-filled ode to strong women, BOSS BABES is a coloring and activity book filled with fun facts and whimsical black-and-white line drawings celebrating female powerhouses from Beyonce to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dolly Parton to Malala, Tina Fey to Serena Williams. On every page is a portrait to color or an activity to complete: Connect the dots to conjure J.K. Rowling s patronus. Complete the Beyonce crossword (12-DOWN: Who run the world?). Decorate Flo-Jo s nails, decode Cher s most recent tweet, design a new jabot for RBG, color in Frida Kahlo s flowers, and more!"
I already talked a bit about Boss Babes in my post last year, so this year, I thought I’d share two new pages with you!
One lucky person in the US or Canada will win finished copies of both Here We Are and Boss Babes! Sign up below to enter – and please share the giveaway if you can! Let’s spread some girl power all over the world, today, and this month!