by Grace Gonsalves
The Power by Naomi Alderman was released in October of 2017, blowing up the lines dividing gender and the power pyramid of world society. The story is told from the eyes of four female and male characters while teenage girls around the world discover their ability to spark electricity from their fingertips. However, they aren’t the only people affected since they can pass the power to their female relatives. This discovery causes governments to overturn, wars to start, and the world as we know it changes as females become the dominant sex.
by Grace Gonsalves, Features Editor
Bossypants by Tina Fey was released in April of 2011 and includes Fey’s many funny stories and anecdotes, as well as her perspective of how to make it as a female in the workplace. It was written in a very comedic style, well suited to Tina Fey’s personality. If you want to know how this actress/screenwriter/comedian advanced her career, this is the book for you. And in case you aren’t sure who this actress is, she can be seen in 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Sisters, etc.
by Ella Neve
Emma by Jane Austen was published in December of 1815. A self-certified matchmaker, Emma Woodhouse, is an “old time feminist” that makes relationships out of thin air, regardlessly remaining happily single the whole book. Emma is well liked in her small hometown of Highbury, even though she is not pursuing or being pursued by a man, which was a “modern” idea for the time period. This book gained its’ fame by empowering readers and giving them a new point of view of an independent woman. Emma’s romantic twists and turns throughout the book keeps the reader hooked and leaves them with an aftertaste of empowerment.
The Hate U Give
by Ella Neve
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas published in February of 2017 is a famous book and new movie that centers around activism, racism, and feminism. After watching her best friend Khalil get shot, Starr Carter stands up for herself and the rest of the black community in Garden Heights, gaining global recognition. As Starr begins to speak out more, we watch not only her, but the people around her, grow and become more empowered. The message of “empowered women empower women” is a common underlying theme as we watch Garden Heights fight for justice.