monique polak

Monique Polak's Books

i am a feministPublisher: Orca, 2019

What is feminism? Why does it still matter? What exactly does intersectionality mean? In order to answer these (and many other) questions, I Am a Feminist first examines the history of feminism and then addresses the issues girls and women continue to face today. The book also looks at the ways in which people, especially young people, are working together to create a world where gender equality is a reality, not a dream. The author shares stories about the courageous individuals who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. From suffragists to the #MeToo movement, I Am a Feminist encourages readers to stand up and speak out for equality and justice.

 

"Monique Polak's I Am a Feminist offers a comprehensive exploration of the varied issues faced by today's girls and women.... Polak speaks to her readers in a relaxed, relatable, conversational approach.... I Am a Feminist is an excellent grounding in what it means to be a feminist and a testament to the power of the movement to change things for the better" -- Quill & Quire

"This nuanced book, which explores stories of real women working hard to change the world. will help passionate teenagers navigate life" -- Booklist

"One of Polak's many successes is her book's potential for broader appeal. Though this accessible guide is full of up-to-date statistics, examples, definitions and resources, Polak still puts the 'I' in I Am a Feminist. In addition to centring teenage voices by eaving in dialogues she's had with several young men and women, she also incorporates personal aspects of her own history with feminism. From her struggles with self-image to surviving intimate partner violence, Polak’s voice is compelling, vulnerable, and never pedantic. Her openness, empathy, and “let’s find out together” attitude will win over even reluctant readers of any age.... I wish I Am a Feminist had been assigned to me in high school or CEGEP, but I still loved reading it now. The prose is a rejuvenating departure from overly academic theory, and I learned a slew of new things" -- Montreal Review of Books

"Polak has written a book that is both approachable and interesting for young readers while providing thought-provoking statistics and examples…The book will have an intellectual appeal to many young adult readers, and it is also physically appealing." (CM: Canadian Review of Materials 2018-11-30)

"A conversational and engaging style…The extensive back matter will please researchers…A first purchase for larger libraries." (School Library Journal 2019-01-23)

"Polak's knowledgeable voice provides a simple yet comprehensive overview of key feminist issues, successfully highlighting the evolution of this social cause…This amply illustrated introduction will spark discussion among teens who wish to make a difference in their community." (Kirkus Reviews 2019-02-05)

"In light of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, this concise but comprehensive examination of feminism from all angles will appeal to young readers. With its engaging content and attractive layout, this title is sure to spark meaningful discussion. Highly Recommended." (School Library Connection 2019-02-21)

"A comprehensive exploration of the varied issues faced by today's girls and women…Polak speaks to her readers directly in a relaxed, relatable, conversational approach…An excellent grounding in what it means to be a feminist and a testament to the power of the movement to change things for the better." (Quill & Quire 2019-03-08)

"This nuanced book, which explores stories of real women working hard to change the world, will help passionate teenagers navigate life." (Booklist 2019-03-27)