|Modern Herstory : Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History
|by Imani, Blair; Tegan And Sara (FRW); Le, Monique (ILT)
|Sylvia Rivera & Marsha P. Johnson||5||(3)|
|Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson & Katherine Johnson||12||(5)|
|3 Speaking Truth To Power||37||(24)|
|4 The Revolution Will Be Live||61||(22)|
|6 The Revolution Will Be Ours||109||(22)|
|7 The Revolution Will Be Funded||131||(22)|
|Leslie Mac & Marissa Jenae Johnson||143||(4)|
|Glossary Terms, Events, and Phrases||167||(6)|
|About the Author||187||(1)|
|About the Illustrator||188||(2)|
From the Civil Rights Movement and Stonewall riots through Black Lives Matter and beyond, this inspiring and radical celebration profiles 70 women who, coming from backgrounds and communities that are traditionally overlooked and under-celebrated, have changed-and are still changing-the world.
BLAIR IMANI is a black queer American Muslim activist. She is the founder and executive director of Equality for HER, a nonprofit educational platform for feminine-identifying individuals. As a political journalist and commentator, she has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC, and has guest lectured at Yale and Harvard Universities. She has written for the Huffington Post and VICE and has been featured in Nylon, Teen Vogue, Salon, Broadly, VICE, This American Life, The 405, Public Radio International, and Bustle.
*Starred Review* In this accessible, awe-inspiring collection of biographies, black queer American Muslim activist Imani creates a new textbook of history's heroes, free of erasure and white-male bias. The 70 women and nonbinary people featured in this book revolutionized their field of expertise-be it science, literature, entertainment, politics, or activism. Each conversational profile packs a punch of information, leaving readers with a solid introduction to each individual. As the title suggests, these are modern folks, the oldest among them including playwright Lorraine Hansberry; Title IX pioneer Patsy T. Mink; and NASA heroes Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan. Other highlighted powerhouses include the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement; Women's March organizers; writers such as Roxane Gay and Janet Mock; and entertainer-philanthropists like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Rihanna. There's also a section dedicated to people who made their way on the internet, highlighting the success of Issa Rae, Feminista Jones, and others. The final section of the book looks to the future, honoring revolutionaries born in or after the year 2000. Imani's collection is galvanizing and hopeful, leaving the radicals of tomorrow with proof that all people-no matter their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or abilities-can change the world. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
A collection that chronicles the stories of 70 diverse women, girls, and nonbinary people from the 20th and 21st centuries from many traditionally underrepresented groups. A compilation of single-page biographical sketches accompanied by striking full-color portraits, this book focuses on individuals who have all played or are currently playing a part in rewriting history and revolutionizing the way we view and navigate the world. Some, such as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jazz Jennings, will be well-known to young readers. Others, such as Patsy Takemoto Mink, a Japanese-American woman who broke racial and gender barriers when she was elected to Congress in 1964, are historically significant advocates for equity and inclusion who are frequently overlooked in traditional texts. This book is an important introduction to social justice work, specifically that which pertains to racial, sexual, religious, and ableist discrimination and oppression. It provides a quick and a ccessible reference source for anyone interested in how change can be effected from various levels, from the academic front to grass-roots movements. It will show readers that activists are not monolithic and that they themselves are never too young, small, or different to work toward change. A crucial message of inclusivity and sensitivity is present throughout. This engaging work is about movers and shakers—folks who made moves and shook up the status quo for the betterment of all. (glossary, biographies, organizations, hashtags, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
When I was twelve years old, I realized that making a difference can be as simple as fighting for what you believe in, unapologetically living in your truth, or taking steps to improve the lives of others. I was fortunate to grow up with the constant encouragement from family and community members that I could realize the change I wanted to see in the world. Every one of us has the potential to make an indelible mark on our world; however, the stories of the ordinary heroes responsible for the most important social changes in history are often obscured. Studying history in college, I learned that it is usually written by those who have the most privilege and the most power. As a result, the contributions of diverse groups are often overlooked or erased, while those in power who uphold the status quo are praised as heroes.
Throughout history, diverse trailblazing individuals have been subjected to this erasure. For example, voting rights activist and civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer frequently goes unacknowledged in conversations about the Civil Rights Movement. Fannie Lou was a black woman born and raised in rural Mississippi, and she survived the violent oppressions faced by countless black women in the American South. After being fired from her job as a sharecropper simply because she registered to vote, she went on to dedicate her entire life to fighting for the rights of black people to direct their own futures. Fannie Lou was arrested and beaten for attempting to exercise rights, like voting, that America claims to promise to all its people. Similarly, few people are aware of the legacy of Chinese American experimental physicist Chien-Shiung Wu, a key contributor to the World War II–era American research initiative known as the Manhattan Project. The Nobel Prize for her award-winning and eponymous Wu Experiment was given to her male colleagues Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang in 1957, despite the fact she developed it. Two transgender activists of color, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, helped define the present state of LGBTQ rights organizing in the United States; however, their contributions continue to go unacknowledged within the LGBTQ community. Even a film documenting the historic event at which Sylvia and Marsha gained prominence, the 1969 Stonewall Riots, erased the presence of transgender women of color, instead centering the stories of white gay cisgender men.
While “history” focuses on men and the stories of patriarchs, “herstory” deliberately prioritizes the stories of women, people of color, and LGBTQ people.