There is a new challenge on the go: Women Unbound, to celebrate women's studies:
the multidisciplinary study of the social status and societal contributions of women and the relationship between power and gender.
There are plenty of details and ideas over the the Women Unbound Blog, set up especially for this challenge.
Length of Challenge: November 1, 2009-November 30, 2010
There are several levels to chose from:
- Philogynist: read at least two books, including at least one nonfiction one.
- Bluestocking: read at least five books, including at least two nonfiction ones.
- Suffragette: read at least eight books, including at least three nonfiction ones.
Here's what the blog says about the types of books:
For nonfiction, this would include books on feminism, history books focused on women, biographies of women, memoirs (or travelogues) by women, essays by women and cultural books focused on women (body image, motherhood, etc.) It’s trickier to say what is applicable as fiction. Obviously, any classic fiction written by a feminist is applicable. But where do we go from there? To speak generally, if the book takes a thoughtful look at the place of women in society, it will probably count. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to explain in your review why you chose this for the challenge and its connection to women’s studies
Potential Book Ideas:
- I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron NF essays about aging
- Nellie McClung by Charlotte Gray biography of early Canadian feminist
- She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel NF memoir
- Candy Girl by Cody Diablo NF memoir by screenwriter of Juno
- The Bridal Wreath (Book 1 Kristin Lavrandatter) by Sigrid Undget - Nobel prize winning author about women's life in 14th century Norway
- Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto - young women deal with grief
- Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey - set in Ghana, the life of women played an important point, as young girls are offered as wives to fetish priests to reverse family curses
- Sky Burial by Xinran - woman journalist writes story of Chinese doctor who searches for her husband, and lives in Tibet
- The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg - caribousmom says Berg always has strong women characters
- The Tenent of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte - Brontes! nuff said (not reviewed)
- The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor - about a woman settler in 18th century New Brunswick
- The Book of Negroes by Laurence Hill - about a slave who survived
- The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver - was on the tagmash at librarything
- Affinity by Sarah Waters - was on the tagmash at librarything
- American Girls About Town short stories - all written by women
I think there will be fiction books I decide after I read them that fit in this category, so it's hard to know before hand what will count.