Fight Like a Girl

50 Feminists Who Changed the World

by Laura Barcella


Nearly every day there’s another news story or pop cultural anecdote related to feminism and women’s rights. #YesAllWomen, conversations around consent, equal pay, access to contraception, and a host of other issues are foremost topics of conversation in American (and worldwide) media right now. Today’s teens are encountering these issues from a different perspective than any generation has had before, but what’s often missing from the current discussion is an understanding of how we’ve gotten to this place.

Fight Like a Girl will familiarize readers with the history of feminist activism, in an effort to celebrate those who paved the way and draw attention to those who are working hard to further the cause of women’s rights. Profiles of both famous and lesser-known feminists will be featured alongside descriptions of how their actions affected the overall feminist cause, and unique portraits (artist’s renderings) of the feminists themselves. This artistic addition will take the book beyond simply an informational text, and make it a treasure of a book.


“The feminist history book everyone should read. . . Way cooler than any history book. . . Meant to be fun enough for both teens and adults to get into, the book educates readers not only about women’s rights, but also race and transgender rights, all of which are intertwined.”–Metro US

“Written for a young-adult audience, but it’s worth a read at any age. . . The real treasure of this book is the bibliography.  . . [It] will inspire further feminist exploration for years to come.” –Bust Magazine  

“[A] wide-ranging tribute to trailblazing women.”–Publishers Weekly

“[C]ombines profiles  of influential women, from Mary Wollstonecraft to Beyonce, with portraits, sidebars and memorable quotes.”–Tampa Bay Times

“[A]chieves a snappy portrayal of feminist history. . . A worthy introduction of the feminist teen and an excellent choice for Women’s History Month.” —School Library Journal 

“The inclusion of trans women, celebrity performers, and women who assert a lack of comfort with feminism add to the book’s inclusivity and make it even more likely to spur stimulating discussions. An ideal companion to Rachel Swaby’s adult title, Headstrong (2015), and Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl’s Rad American Women A–Z (2015), this will also open doors to the work of some of the women profiled.”–Booklist

“[C]oncise but eloquent. . . [A] wide-ranging tribute to trailblazing women.”–Publishers Weekly


Product Details

  • Ages: 14+
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books; Original edition (March, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-96-6

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