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The Women of the Greatest Generation(s)

Today, for International Women's Day, we're exploring the experiences of women from the 1930s to today, of the path they paved and of the road that lies ahead.

We start with author Elizabeth J. Church, who looked to her own mother and women of the Greatest Generation for her "tightly crafted novel" (New York Times), The Atomic Weight of Love:

Many of the women I knew while growing up were unable to pursue their own careers. It was the 1950s, and for the most part a woman was expected to acquiesce to her husband’s wishes and invest her talents in her children...I wondered: What could these women have done and been? What more could my mother have accomplished, had she been given the opportunities I was finding as a result of the women’s movement?

I wanted to highlight the sacrifices these women made, in the 1950s and onward, so that their husbands could pursue their science. And I wanted to think about how these women came to redefine themselves during the tumultuous 1960s and 70s. 

Brand new in paperback, The Atomic Weight of Love is a Target Book Club pick and resonates with readers of all ages and backgrounds.

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Let's Get the Feminist Party Started!
Lively discussions about the true meaning of feminism fill social media and popular culture every day. And it's time for you to join this important and exciting party.

On March 15, use the hashtag #HereWeAre to share why you’re a feminist, how you embrace feminism, what feminism has done for you or any other reason you’re part of the feminist party.

The hashtag #HereWeAre is in honor of Here We Are: Feminism For The Real World, an anthology from Algonquin Young Readers featuring 44 voices sharing their stories of feminism. BookRiot’s own Kelly Jensen edited this scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it means to be a twenty-first-century feminist. It’s packed with contributions from a diverse range of people, including TV, film and pop-culture celebrities such as ballet dancer Michaela DePrince, her sister Mia and politician Wendy Davis, as well as bestselling authors like Nova Ren Suma, Malinda Lo, Brandy Colbert, Courtney Summers and many more.

Click here to get the #HereWeAre party started>>

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'Real Live Superheroes'

In the years after World War I and during the Great Depression, women were finding more freedoms. But that extended only so far when it came to sports. Lou Henry Hoover, wife of President Herbert Hoover, established the Women's Division of the National Amateur Athletic Federation to make sure girls and women were not corrupted by the competitive nature of, well, competitive sports.

Indeed, bowing to pressure to show their players were "ladies" too, the Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) even staged a beauty contest at its national basketball tournament!

When the Cardinals of Oklahoma Presbyterian College won that tournament, team captain Verna Montgomery won the beauty contest, too. It was just one more hurdle — from shooing pigeons out of their gym to pushing their team bus — to overcome as they barnstormed across the country.

"I thought of these women as real live superheroes," said Lydia Reeder, author of Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team that Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory.

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Why We March

On January 21, 2017, more than 5 million people gathered for the Women’s March, one of the largest demonstrations in recorded history and a sign of the times, quite literally. Now, our friends at Artisan Books have gathered 500 of the most powerful and creative signs from marches spanning from Washington, D.C., to Fairbanks, Alaska, from Paris to Nairobi, from Lima to Antarctica in Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope.

"Girls Just Wanna Have Fundamental Rights."

"1968 Is Calling. Don’t Answer."

"A Woman’s Place Is in the Resistance."

Why We March has the most photos (by far!) of any Women's March book, photos that will continue to inspire you and carry that day's momentum forward. All royalties will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Click here for more about Why We March (psst, it's a great gift)>>

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Now, This Is Ladylike: Strong Is the New Pretty

Think about what you just read above about the women's basketball team in Dust Bowl Girls, national champions forced to prove their femininity in beauty contests.

Now think about this: Strong Is the New Pretty.

Real beauty isn’t about being a certain size, acting a certain way, wearing the right clothes or having your hair done (or even brushed). Real beauty is about being your authentic self and owning it. Photographer Kate T. Parker captures the strength and true beauty of girls in 175 candid portraits in this book from our pals at Workman Publishing that shows just how far we have come.

Click here for more about Strong Is the New Pretty>>
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Books for You and Your Book Club

When thinking about this special International Women's Day edition of Inside Algonquin, so very many books came to mind. We have always prided ourselves on sharing diverse voices and underrepresented stories. These give us so much to think about and so much to discuss. Here are just a few to check out — or reread on this day:

The Leavers by Lisa Ko (coming May 2)
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow
All Woman and Springtime by Brandon W. Jones
Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Leave Me by Gayle Forman

And our fellow #IReadIndie independent publishing houses are sharing even more books to read today and throughout Women's History Month. Click here to learn about these compelling books.

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