This March, we’ll celebrate inspiring women from the past. It’s also a great time to recognize young women who are inspiring others in ways big and small. The following memoirs offer a range of experiences to read about; some will have you laughing, some will have your crying, but in the end they will all have you feeling proud of young women today. Descriptions from Baker & Taylor.
Traces the friendship between an American girl and her pen pal from an impoverished region of Zimbabwe, describing how 12-year-old Caitlin wrote to an unknown student for a class assignment and shared a life-changing six-year correspondence.
The youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem traces her extraordinary rise from being a reviled orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone to becoming one of America's most accomplished ballerinas, tracing her adoption, rigorous training and high-profile performances.
Describes the life of the young Pakistani student who advocated for women's rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley, survived an assassination attempt, and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize
Documents a high school student's year-long attempt to change her social status from that of a misfit to a member of the "in" crowd by following advice in a 1950s popularity guide, an experiment that triggered embarrassment, humor and unexpected surprises.
A teen survivor of bullying describes how her HIV positive status was discovered at school and made her the target of abuse by peers and school officials, actions that prompted a suicide attempt and subsequent dedication to advocacy.