Because I Was a Girl
True Stories for Girls of All Ages
Melissa de la Cruz and contributors
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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:
Williabell Jones Davis
Melissa de la Cruz
When I was young, my mother, a feminist, treated my brothers and me equally: We all had to do the dishes, cook, and make the beds.
I was lucky to have been raised by my mother, Alicia St. John Chavez, a divorced...
Praise for Because I Was a Girl
A 2019 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Pick
"This anthology represents a culturally diverse group of women who disclose how they found the inner strength and courage to excel, oftentimes breaking new ground in fields where women are not welcome...An inspiring collection and an encouragement to young girls from all walks of life."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"In this timely collection of first-person essays, thirty-eight women of different races, ethnicities, backgrounds, and ages reflect upon their experiences growing up and how each of them found their place in the world...for anyone seeking inspirational stories of success through perseverance." --VOYA Magazine (starred review)
"Thoughtful, encouraging, and honest, this compilation should inspire readers looking for guidance in charting the directions their own lives take." --Booklist