My Sisters' Voices Teenage Girls of Color Speak Out

Iris Jacob

Holt Paperbacks

080506821X

9780805068214

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272 Pages

$18.99

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My Sisters' Voices is a passionate and poignant collection of writings from teenage girls of African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and biracial backgrounds. With candor and grace, they speak out on topics that are relevant not only to themselves and their peers but to anyone who is raising, teaching, or nurturing young women of color.

As adolescents, women, and minorities, these young authors represent a demographic that has had no voice of its own, a group often spoken for but rarely given the opportunity to be heard. Now, in My Sisters' Voices, they have a chance to stand up and be counted. In the more than one hundred essays and poems in this remarkable collection you'll find personal and inspiring stories about family, friendships, sex, love, racism, loss, and oppression. There's a Native American girl writing about the bumps in her relationship with her best friend, who's white; a Korean American girl who wishes she could help her mother understand that it's okay to socialize with boys as well as girls; and a biracial girl who feels she must be the designated spokesperson for blacks when she's around whites, for whites when she's around blacks, and for biracial people around everyone.

These young authors openly and candidly tell their stories: they express their fears, they write of love and hope, and they demand respect. My Sisters' Voices is essential reading for a generation of girls struggling to define themselves in a world that keeps trying to do it for them.

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Iris Jacob is an eighteen-year-old biracial female with a strong commitment to diversity issues. She has been a student facilitator at numerous diversity conferences, has started affinity groups for students of color and women at her high school, and codirected a youth leadership institute addressing topics of oppression, prejudice, and awareness.
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  • Iris Jacob

  • Iris Jacob is an eighteen-year-old biracial female with a strong commitment to diversity issues. She has been a student facilitator at numerous diversity conferences, has started affinity groups for students of color and women at her high school, and codirected a youth leadership institute addressing topics of oppression, prejudice, and awareness.
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