Happy book birthday to I AM A FEMINIST: CLAIMING THE F-WORD FOR TURBULENT TIMES by Monique Polak

Happy book birthday to I AM A FEMINIST: CLAIMING THE F-WORD FOR TURBULENT TIMES by Monique Polak, out today from Orca Book Publishers!

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.

“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

“A conversational and engaging style…The extensive back matter will please researchers…A first purchase for larger libraries.” —School Library Journal

“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

“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

“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

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

Monique Polak is a writer from Montreal, Quebec. Her novel What World Is Left won the 2009 Quebec Writers’ Federation Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and in 2014 her book Hate Mail won the same prize. Her articles appear regularly in The Montreal Gazette and other Postmedia newspapers across the country. Several of her feature stories have also been published in Maclean’s Magazine. A graduate of Marianopolis College in Montreal in 1979, she has been teaching English and Humanities there since 1985