A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
In addition to the wealth of practical information Girls Resist!, the author has added a page of "Takeaways" at the end of each chapter that sum up the main points, several brief "Case Studies" of movements like Black Lives Matter, a "Resistance Reading List," and a "Marginalized Identities Mini-Glossary" that includes both familiar names (Hispanic) and a number of possibly not-so-familiar identities for sexual orientation (cisgender) and people with disabilities (Neurodiverse/Neurodivergent).
Girls have the power to change their communities and the world.
Positive Role Models
Examples of and quotes from inspiring women (Alice Walker, Michelle Obama, and Noble Peace Prize winner Jody Williams) sprinkled throughout, but the focus is on showing readers how they can become positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Brief discussion of a "rape culture" that normalizes sexual violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief discussion of "hyper sexualization" (taken to the extreme, the belief that a girl's worth is determined by her looks). Mention of a program that makes condoms available to teens. The author mentions a talk line she helped set up for women who'd had abortions and needed to talk with a supportive person.
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"Damn" used in the context of one section's tips ("5 Tips for Damn Effective Digital Organizing").
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kaelyn Rich's Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution is a practical, highly detailed how-to for girls who want to be part of (or lead) a grassroots social justice campaign. The book covers everything from how to pick a cause and create a campaign plan to organizing a rally, lobbying officials, writing presses releases, finding volunteers, and running effective meetings. A must read for every teen activist.
Is It Any Good?
This inspiring and empowering how-to guide girls who want to become involved in a cause (or are already involved) the tools they'll need to succeed. The sheer volume of information in Girls Resist! may seem overwhelming at first glance, but the author has organized the material into accessible reader-friendly chapters filled with step-by-step instructions, tips, examples, and takeaways.
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