Reinventing the F-Word

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

While most people say they believe in equal rights, the word feminism—America’s new F-word—makes people uncomfortable. Explore the history of US feminism through pioneers such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, and Gloria Steinem. Meet modern leaders such as Rebecca Walker and Julie Zeilinger, who are striving to empower women at work, in government, at home—and in cultural and personal arenas. Learn from interviews with movement leaders, scholars, pop stars, and average women, what it means to be a feminist—or to reject it altogether. After reading this book, readers will be able to respond to “Am I a feminist?” with a confident, informed voice.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2016-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 11.6
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN023000, YAN051000, YAN052060
Dewey 305.42
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1170
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Timeline, and Websites


  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Winner, 2017
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2017
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Teens, Winner, 2016
  • Booklist Editor's Choice, Winner, 2016



“[This book] makes the issues of feminism personal and relatable. . . . [It] is a great addition to any school or public library collection and will find readers in teens passionate about social justice.”—starred, VOYA


“[Higgins] offers a comprehensive and stunningly up-to-date account of the history of feminism. . . . With plenty of grassroots organizations listed in the back matter and photos of a diverse array of women . . . Higgins invites burgeoning feminists to find their own places among the vast movement.”—starred, Booklist

School Library Journal

“This informative, impeccably researched investigation of the history of feminism will do more than fill a collection gap—it firmly emphasizes that feminism and feminist are not dirty words. . . . A highly recommended first purchase.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“This small, colorful book introduces readers to the complexities of an ever evolving movement . . . cover[ing] an enormous breadth of material . . . A good starting point for discussions.”—Kirkus Reviews