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Modern HERstory

Modern HERstory by Blair Imani
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Oct 16, 2018 | 208 Pages
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“Activist, journalist, and founder of the non-profit Equality for HER, Imani’s book is the one we need during the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements…This collection would be a welcome addition to any introductory women’s, gender, and sexuality studies course. It should also be shared among feminists and those passionate about fighting oppression based on class, disability, gender, race, and sexuality.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Blair Imani is an agent of social change who uses her background in grassroots activism to tell the stories of revolutionaries, both past and present, who are the catalysts of change our world so desperately needs, but you don’t have to take my word for it.”
LeVar Burton, actor, educator, and activist
 
Modern HERstory should be required reading for everyone.”
Tegan and Sara
 
“Blair Imani educates readers about the HERstory of unsung heroes who work tirelessly to make the world a better place for all, while simultaneously blazing a trail of her own as a pioneer in activism for the next generation. Today, so many young women and LGBTQ people lack positive role models, and this book is an important step to inspiring the next generation of people to aim high and be proud.”
Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of GLAAD
 
“Blair Imani has given us an encyclopedia not just of the often overlooked in history, but also of the people who are changing the direction of our country today—this is who to follow, watch, celebrate, and emulate. We need these role models and fighters—and this book!”
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief brand officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
 
Modern HERstory shines a remarkable light on important figures from our past, while inspiring new generations to be bold, courageous, and unafraid to stand up for what is right.”
Andrew Aydin, National Book Award–winning author of March and Run
 
“Through powerful storytelling and bright images, Blair Imani sends a clear message to next-generation activists and changemakers–this is their moment, they are the present, the now, and yes, the future. Instead of waiting to be passed the proverbial torch, the heroes in Imani’s book claim their role as torchbearers whose lights are blazing inspiring trails for each of us to follow.”
Jamia Wilson, executive director and publisher of Feminist Press
 
“I had chills while reading this entire book. THE ENTIRE BOOK. I was moved, inspired, and informed by the stories of these unbelievable people. I was also indignant: how could my history classes not have included such important pioneers?! Run out immediately and purchase multiple copies to send to your friends. I promise, they’ll thank you.”
Claire Wasserman, CEO and founder of Ladies Get Paid
 
“Changing society’s narrative often requires us to look back over our historical mosaic; admit what we got wrong; recognize who was silenced, marginalized or erased; and then reorganize and rewrite. Modern HERstory offers an inclusive approach to this kind of truth-telling.”
Monica Lewinsky, anti-bullying advocate
  
Modern HERstory is an empowering and educational read, filled with the stories of activists you should know and names that should fill our history books. In these turbulent political times, Blair Imani’s first book reminds us that the change we need will only come from a coalition of activists working across differences and movements.”
Sarah McBride, author of Tomorrow Will Be Different
 
“Blair Imani’s Modern HERstory is a major contribution to the exhausting and endlessly important project of broadening our shared narrative. I wish I had a book like this growing up.”
Lauren Duca, award-winning journalist
 
“Blair Imani’s book is essential reading. These powerful stories of activism and bravery will amaze and inspire. This book opens our ears to the neglected voices of herstory. May those voices–and many more–be heard!”
Emma Sulkowicz, artist and activist
 
“Blair Imani’s Modern HERstory is like a woman’s heart. Filled with compassion, understanding, and acceptance, the book embraces women of diverse experiences, including transwomen like myself, in order to inspire people to aspire and work for a happier and more inclusive society for all. When you feel like giving up, you have got to read this book!”
Representative Geraldine Roman, first openly transgender member of the Philippines Congress
 
“With Modern HERstory, Blair Imani provides readers with crucial insight to understanding modern social justice movements in a way that is both vital and accessible. By shining a light on contemporary women and nonbinary people who are making history in real time, some lesser known than others, Imani reminds readers that heroes can emerge from anywhere, that activism takes many shapes and forms, and that history is not simply a matter of the past but something occurring in real time and in powerfully unexpected ways. The people presented here do not represent a new type of activism; rather, they represent people who’ve long been present in freedom movements and are too often overlooked.”
Bree Newsome, artist and activist
 
Modern HERstory is a necessary part of any budding revolutionary’s library. Blair Imani has compiled over 70 stories of self-actualization from figures across a wide array of faith traditions, cultural origins, and social strata. It’s a major and inspiring feat that is necessary for our times. Everyone should feel represented, and Imani’s work elevates and preserves the history of women and femmes in a way that is empowering for diverse women/femmes everywhere. As a grassroots community organizer, I’m using this book as a resource so that I am grounded in all the ways women/femmes have fought for our collective liberation. This is a clear reminder of the power that all women/femmes have, and of the magical ways in which, despite the forms of violence we face, we exist, resist and create together.”
Rana Abdelhamid, CEO and founder of MALIKAH, gender justice organizer

“A lively collective portrait of passionate, pioneering women and nonbinary people.”
Publishers Weekly

“. . .accessible, awe-inspiring. . . .a new textbook of history’s heroes, free of erasure and white-male bias. . . .Imani’s collection is galvanizing and hopeful, leaving the radicals of tomorrow with proof that all people—no matter their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or abilities—can change the world.”
Booklist (starred review)

“. . .an important introduction to social justice work, specifically that which pertains to racial, sexual, religious, and ableist discrimination and oppression. It provides a quick and accessible reference source for anyone interested in how change can be effected from various levels, from the academic front to grass-roots movements. It will show readers that activists are not monolithic and that they themselves are never too young, small, or different to work toward change. A crucial message of inclusivity and sensitivity is present throughout. This engaging work is about movers and shakers—folks who made moves and shook up the status quo for the betterment of all.”
Kirkus

Table Of Contents

Foreword by Tegan and Sara vi
Introduction viii

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK 1
Sylvia Rivera & Marsha P. Johnson 5
Lorraine Hansberry 8
Patsy Takemoto Mink 11
Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson & Katherine Johnson 12

LEADING THE MOVEMENT 17
Kimberlé Crenshaw 23
Alicia Garza 24
Patrisse Cullors 27
Opal Tometi 28
Carmen Perez 31
Linda Sarsour 32
Tamika D. Mallory 35

SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER 37
Allison Renville 41
Brittany Packnett 42
Geraldine Roman 45
Jamilah Lemieux 46
Janet Mock 49
Keah Brown 50
Manal al-Sharif 53
Rokhaya Diallo 54
Dr. Roxane Gay 57
Sandy Ho 58

THE REVOLUTION WILL BE LIVE 61
Ava DuVernay 65
Cameron Esposito 66
Constance Wu 69
Ellen DeGeneres 70
Leslie Jones 73
Missy Elliott 74
Oprah Winfrey 77
Serena Williams 78
Solange Knowles 81

MASTERING MODERN MEDIA 83
Aditi Juneja 87
Amandla Stenberg 88
Feminista Jones 91
Franchesca Ramsey 92
Issa Rae 95
Jackie Aina 96
Kat Blaque 99
Michelle Phan 100
Mona Haydar 103
Taye Hansberry 104
Vilissa Thompson 107

THE REVOLUTION WILL BE OURS 109
Dr. Adrienne Keene 113
Alencia Johnson 114
Anjali Paray 117
Jennicet Gutiérrez 118
Layshia Clarendon 121
Lori Rodriguez 122
Raquel Willis 125
Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer 126
Winnie Harlow 129

THE REVOLUTION WILL BE FUNDED 131
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh 135
Alissa Lentz 136
Eman Idil Bare 139
Ibtihaj Muhammad 140
Leslie Mac & Marissa Jenae Johnson 143
Rihanna 147
Shannon Coulter 148
Tegan & Sara 151

THE REVOLUTION IS NOW 153
Jazz Jennings 157
Mari Copeny 158
Marley Dias 161
Taylor Richardson 162
Yara Shahidi 165

Conclusion 166
Glossary Terms, Events, and Phrases 167
People 173
Organizations 180
Hashtags 185
About the Author 187
About the Illustrator 188
Acknowledgments 190
Index 192

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