This is a week where important women get recognised with both International Women’s Day 2018 and Mother’s Day (UK, Ireland and Nigeria) happening within days of each other.
This year has some amazing women from the female characters kicking ass in Black Panther to female student survivors kicking ass for gun reform. Not to mention mothers trying their best every day to be great role models and raise their kids.
So for them, here is the Feminism Book Tag for our favourite ladies in books!
1- Your favourite female author
Marissa Meyer (obviously) Rainbow Rowell (also obviously) Mira Grant, Kendare Blake and Ashley Poston is shaping up to be another.
Gail Carriger! or Tamora Pierce! Holly Black! Naomi Novik! Ann Leckie! Susan Dennard! Madeline Miller! (Too many to choose from but there’s a small sample…)
2- Your favourite heroine
Georgia Mason from The Newsflesh Trilogy. Cinder from TLC, Cather from Fangirl, Starr from THUG and Agatha from TSFGAE.
Agnieszka (Uprooted)…Alexia Tarabotti (Parasol Proctectorate)…Kate Daniels (Magic Bites)…Flavia de Luce (Flavia de Luce mysteries)…Maniye ‘Many Tracks’ (Echoes of the Fall)
3- A novel with a feminist message
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter or The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Female of the Species and Only Ever Yours are great ones for making you think about women in society.
4- A novel with a girl on the cover
Alanna by Tamora Pierce (also see almost every other book she’s ever written).
I CAN THINK OF SO MANY, WHY MUST I PICK ONE. The Thousandth Floor is the first one in my eye line so that one, I guess!
5- A novel featuring a group of girls
Lumberjanes/Rat Queens/Paper Girls/Princeless (all graphic novels…woops…)
Three Dark Crowns is full of strong women and friendships.
6- A novel with a LGBTQIAP+ feminine character
Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon – a wealthy but eccentric explorer hell bent on uncovering the mysteries of the world (The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams)
Victoria from Into The Drowning Deep.
7- A novel with different feminine POV
Andy: I don’t understand the question
Luna: Nope, me either. Moving on!
8- A book where a girl saves the world
Girls always save the world. But also: Green Rider by Kristen Britain
Cinder and the rest of the Rampion Crew, full of badass ladies, saves both Earth and Luna from the tyranny of Queen Levana.
9- A book where you prefer the female sidekick to the male MC
The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
The main male character is called Tavi and he’s the hero of the series (obviously). In the second half of the first book Tavi meets Kitai – daughter of the chieftian of the Marat horde. I don’t prefer Kitai to Tavi per se because Tavi is an excellent character, but Kitai is an absolute badass who saves Tavi’s life multiple times and he probably wouldn’t be able to save the world without her.
I’m going to say Carmel from Anna Dressed In Blood. She seems like your stereotypical popular girl but she’s clever, kind and brave. Despite having no knowledge or experience with the occult before meeting Cas and Thomas, she sticks by them and occasionally charges in armed with a bat. Seriously. I love this girl.
10- A book written by a male author and featuring a female character
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Rats. That was my answer too! Except I’d say Witches Abroad or Equal Rites because I cannot bear Tiffany Aching.
So there’s our tag! I know it’s very late in the evening but my internet is SO SLOW and it’s taken me several hours to add everything and get images. I am this close to dropping it out the window to the street below where it might get run over by a passing car. I’m tempted.
So here is to 2018 making better and greater strides towards equality. Down with slut-shaming. Down with exclusion. Up with women being able to live their lives free of judgement, hatred and sexism. Up with representation in media and teenagers kicking ass and taking names, despite people dismissing them for their age. If YA has taught us anything, it’s that teens with a mission will change the world.
Also, I can’t believe that it’s 2018 and that IWD is still full of people asking when IMD is.
Now I am going to bed before I genuinely throw this piece of junk out the window. But please comment with what you did for Mother’s day, your favourite female heroines and authors and how you think that there could be more representation in media for all kinds of women.