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Books for International Women's Week: Chronicles of feminism

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Happy International Women's Week! Marking the centenary of International Women's Day, the accomplishments of women over the last 100 years have been nothing less than remarkable. However, there is still work to be done in the fight for women's equality. This list of Canadian books chronicles some of the ways in which feminism has been developing and becoming more inclusive.

Bringing it Home: Women Talk About Feminism in Their Lives, edited by Brenda Lea Brown

This collection of essays recounts women's real-life experiences with feminism. The diverse voices and experiences of the contributors to this book reveal the feminist movement's multiplicity.

Branding Miss G: Third Wave Feminists and the Media, by Michelle Miller

In the process of trying to win media attention for the inclusion of Women's Studies classes in high schools, Michelle Miller documents the challenges she faces on the way. Part of what she discovers is that rigid definitions of femininity and feminism tend to encourage media coverage.

Making Space for Indigenous Feminism, edited by Joyce Green

The authors in this collection redefine and solidify the relationship between Aboriginal women and feminism. Theoretically examining the past and looking forward into the future, Indigenous feminists confront oppression.

Living the Edges: A Disabled Women's Reader, edited by Diane Driedger

This collection addresses the many ways sexism and disability intersect. Writing from the edges of society, disabled women demonstrate their resilience and strength in this book.

Muslim Women Speak: A Tapestry of Lives and Dreams, by Amani Hamdan

This book directly and articulately confronts stereotypes about Muslim women. Based on interviews, Hamdan addresses an array of issues that reflect realities of Muslim women.

Trans/forming Feminisms: Transfeminist Voices Speak Out, edited by Krista Scott-Dixon

Seeking to make feminism more inclusive, this anthology explores the complex intersections of transsexuality. These transfeminist voices are building bridges and expanding feminism's definitions.

Whose University is it Anyway? Power and Privilege on Gendered Terrain, edited by Anne Wagner, Sandra Acker and Kimine Mayuzumi

This collection of essays takes a critical look at how power is gendered and racialized in universities. A look behind the scenes of university power structures reveals equality is still far from achieved.

Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, edited by Adebe DeRango Adem and Andrea Thompson

In this anthology, mixed-race women discuss their experiences with interraciality. Poetry, essays, artwork and photography are all featured in this important book.

Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls, edited by Deb Loughead and Jocelyn Shipley

This young adult book offers a range of stories that challenge mainstream ideas about sexuality and femininity. Down to earth and realistic, this is a refreshing book for young girls.

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