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New Book | “Feminism From A to Z” Introduces Teens to Feminist History


With women’s rights under continuous attack, it has never been more important for teen girls to learn the history of the brave women who fought for equality and justice before them. Magination Press, the children’s and teens’ book imprint of the American Psychological Association, is making just such a resource available with a new primer on feminism for teens and tweens: Feminism from A to Z.


Written by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD, the author of the Stonewall Award-winning book, This Day in June, as well as this year’s When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Martin and Del Lyon Built a Community, Feminism From A to Z is a one-of-a-kind alphabetical primer on feminism. Each chapter examines a different topic and offers writing and call-to-action exercises incorporated into each lesson. Together, the chapters take a look at history and current events through the lens of feminist theory, and introduce an inclusive and wide range of feminist thoughts and perspectives. The book also includes an introduction to readers on how to use the book, an alphabetical list of ways to take feminist action, and illustrations by Laura Huliska Beith.


Said Pitman: “I wrote Feminism from A to Z to provide all girls, and all teens and tweens who identify as feminists, the chance to discover for themselves what feminism means to them, and how they can best put it into practice.  In these fraught times, our future feminist leaders need books that prove that feminism is for everyone, of every gender identity, race, class, and education level.”


Feminism from A to Z will be released on October 23, with a list price of $15.95. The book is available for preorder directly from Magination Press or via Amazon.




Gayle E. Pitman, PhD, is a professor of psychology and women’s studies at Sacramento City College. Her teaching and writing focuses on gender and sexual orientation, and she has worked extensively with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.


She is the author of This Day in June, which won the American Library Association’s 2015 Stonewall Book Award. This Day in June is a wildly whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBTQ community and welcomes kids to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united. Her most recent children’s book is When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Martin and Del Lyon Built a Community, telling the story of one of San Francisco’s most legendary couples and how their work for LGBT rights transformed their city and helped change the world.




Laura Huliska Beith is a freelance illustrator living in Kansas City, MO, with her husband and three dogs. She is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and has illustrated many children’s books including The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill and Little Red Hot by Eric Kimmel. Her illustrations have been shown at the Society of Illustrators Children’s Book Show in New York and Chemers Gallery in California.




Magination Press is an imprint of the American Psychological Association, the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, and the largest association of psychologists worldwide.