Empowering Young Women: Stories for Women, by Women

Empowering Young Women: Stories for Women, by Women

Elizabeth Bello, Response for Teens

At Response for Teens, we strive to empower young women and offer support during a transitional time in their lives. These thoughtful book and film recommendations from our staff cover topics from feminism, intersectionality and what it means to be a woman today.

Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History, Blair Imani

This story celebrates seventy women and nonbinary leaders who have actively worked towards progressive social change in our society.

We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Based on her popular TED Talk, Adichie discusses modern-day feminism with an emphasis on awareness and inclusion.

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

Read the story of Pecola, a young African American girl growing up during the Depression, who longs for blue eyes so she will no longer be teased as “ugly” due to her mannerisms and dark skin.

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

This journal chronicles a Jewish teenager’s two-year experience hiding during World War II in an anti-Semitic country.

Redefining Realness, Janet Mock

An autobiography following trans-activist Janet Mock on her journey as a multiracial trans woman, transitioning from a poor background to becoming one of America’s most respected advocates.

Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay

This collection of essays discusses contemporary feminism, including the intersectionality of race, gender, body politics and more with a humorous edge.

Women, Culture and Politics, Angela Y. Davis

A collection of speeches and essays that discuss political and social changes relating to struggles of racial, sexual and economic equality.

No Más Bebés (documentary)

The story of the involuntary sterilization of Mexican-American and Mexican women while they give birth in the United States.

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (documentary)

The story of African-American professor and lawyer Anita Hill, who sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men to recount repeated acts of sexual harassment she endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. This public case inspired many women around the country to stand up for equality and to share their stories.

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