The New York Times Bestseller!
"This is The Most Inspiring Children’s Book We've Ever Seen."Refinery29.com
"The very first kids' book released by the iconic publishing house City Lights, Rad American Women A-Z navigates the alphabet from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Hurston with colorful illustrations and short, powerful narratives. The perfect gift for the junior riot grrl in your life." Bust Magazine
"The History of Feminismin an Awesome Picture Book. The ABCs just got a major girl-power upgrade."Chantal Strasburger, Teen Vogue
Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabetbut instead of "A is for Apple", A is for Angelaas in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist. B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports; C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy; D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers; and E is for Ella Baker, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King and helped shape the Civil Rights Movement.
And the list of great women continues, spanning several centuries, multiple professions, and 26 diverse individuals. There are artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rabble-rousers, and agents of change of all kinds.
The book includes an introduction that discusses what it means to be "rad" and "radical," an afterword with 26 suggestions for how you can be "rad," and a Resource Guide with ideas for further learning and reading.
American history was made by countless radand often radicalwomen. By offering a fresh and diverse array of female role models, we can remind readers that there are many places to find inspiration, and that being smart and strong and brave is rad.
Rad American Women will be appreciated by various age groups. It is Common Core aligned for students grades 3 - 8. Pre-school and young children will be captured by the bright visuals and easily modified texts, while the subject matter will stimulate and inspire high-schoolers and beyond.
"This is not a book. This is a guest list for a party of my heroes. Thank you for inviting us." Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events books
"I feel honored to be included in this book. Women need to take radical steps to become feminists, and to be strong to fight for their rights and those of others facing oppression and discrimination. The world needs rad women to create a just society." Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader, Civil Rights Activist
"It's almost always with a chuckle that I view a cartoon image of myself. But to see cartoon-me positioned (alphabetically) amongst so many of my women heroes and role models . . . well, I just broke down and cried. Happy tears. I surely hope that this one-of-a-kind collection of radical American women reaches the hands of all children who want to grow up and become amazing women." Kate Bornstein, author of My New Gender Workbook
"I was totally in rapture reading this book. Bold women, bold colors, and fierce black paper cutouts. I cheer these histories of women who fight not for war or country or corporation, but for EVERYONE! I can't wait for my son to read this." Nikki McClure, Illustrator of All in a Day
About the Author
Kate Schatz is a writer, editor, and educator. Her book of fiction, Rid of Me: A Story , was published in 2006 on Continuum Press as part of the acclaimed 33 1/3 series. She is the author of Rad Women Worldwide. Her writing has been published in Oxford American, Denver Quarterly, Joyland, and West Branch, among others, and her short story "Folsom, Survivor" was included as a 2010 Notable Short Story in Best American Short Stories 2011. She is a co-founder and editor of The Encyclopedia Project. She taught at the School of Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts and received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University, and a double BA in Women’s Studies/Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. She lives with her family on the island of Alameda.
Miriam Klein Stahl is a Bay Area artist, educator and activist. In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, paper-cut and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School where she’s taught since 1995. She illustrated the book Rad Women Worldwide. As an artist, she follows in a tradition of making socially relevant work, creating portraits of political activists, misfits, radicals and radical movements. As an educator, she has dedicated her teaching practice to address social inequity through the lens of the arts. Her work has been widely exhibited and reproduced internationally. She lives in Berkeley, California with her family.
Table of Contents
A is for Angela Davis activist, scholar, Black Panther, icon
B is for Billie Jean King groundbreaking athlete, LGBT activist
C is for Carol Burnett actor, comedian, and first woman to host a variety show
D is for Dolores Huerta labor organizer and UFW co-founder
E is for Ella Baker Civil Rights leader and co-founder of SNCC and the SCLC
F is for Faye Wattleton a nurse, the first African-American president of Planned Parenthood
G is for the Grimke sisters 18th century Quaker abolitionist/suffragists
H is for Hisaye Yamamoto Japanese-American short story writer
I is for Isadora Duncan modern dancer pioneer
J is for Jovita Idar early 20th cen. Mexican-American journalist, teacher, and leader
K is for Kate Bornstein transgender writer and activist
L is for Lucy Parsons multiracial 19th cen rabblerousing labor leader
M is for Maya Lin artist and architect who designed the Vietnam Memorial
N is for Nellie Bly 19th cen. investigative journalist who traveled around the world
O is for Odetta Civil Rights activist and inspiring folk singer
P is for Patti Smith punk rock poet + icon
Q is for Queen Bess “Queen Bess” Coleman, first African-American female pilot
R is for Rachel Carson biologist and author of ‘Silent Spring’
S is for Sister Corita Kent the radical pop-art nun
T is for Temple Grandin animal doctor and autism activist
U is for Ursula K LeGuin feminist science fiction writer
V is for Virginia Apgar pediatric anesthesiologist and inventor of the Apgar score for newborns
W is for Wilma Mankiller first female Chief of the Cherokee nation
X is for Anonymous text/image about the many amazing women whose names we do not know
Y is for Yuri Kochiyama lifelong human rights activist
Z is for Zora Neale Hurston anthropologist, folklorist, novelist