Because I Was a Girl is an inspiring collection of true stories by women and girls about the obstacles, challenges, and opportunities they've faced…because of their gender. Edited by #1 New York Times-bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz, the book is the perfect gift for girls of all ages to celebrate the accomplishments of these women and girls who overcame adversity with their limitless potential.
The collection includes writings from an impressive array of girls and women who are trailblazers in their fields, including bestselling authors Victoria Aveyard, Libba Bray, and Margaret Stohl; industry pioneers like Dolores Huerta, Trish McEvoy, and Holly Knight; renowned chef Katie Button; aerospace and mechanical engineer Emily Calandrelli; and many more.
Because I Was a Girl features powerful stories from:
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Melissa de la Cruz
This collection of first-person reflections by 38 accomplished women writers, politicians, entrepreneurs, and others encompasses a sweeping range of voices, personalities, and experiences. De la Cruz (the Descendants series), whose own entry recounts fraught professional environments while working as a computer programmer, organizes the anthology by decade, opening each section with a list of women's achievements in a variety of fields and pivotal legislation affecting them. Sharing stories of dreams dashed and fulfilled, racism and sexism confronted, and career paths diverted, the contributors share sound advice for teenage readers. Activist Dolores Huerta urges girls "to stand up for themselves always, and to reach out and stand up for others." Author and literary agent Brenda Bowen underscores the importance of "finding ways around bad rules" that disadvantage and discriminate against women. And Katie Button, who quit a Ph.D. program in neuroscience to become a chef and restaurateur, advises girls to "do what you love, not what you think is expected of you." Thoughtful, encouraging, and honest, this compilation should inspire readers looking for guidance in charting the directions their own lives take. Ages 12 up.