This is the last week of Women’s History Month. It has been a time for celebration and reflection, to honour the women whose endeavours have brought us closer to gender parity, and to consider how we can take the movement for women’s liberation forward.

Our final week books look to re-centre women’s voices and their contributions to national history, from Kenya to Puerto Rico. These titles also consider how memory can help navigate the concept of girlhood, and make the bold claim that nations cannot afford to neglect the education of


Women's Voices from the Margins
Diaries from Kibera, Kenya
Elizabeth Swart
May 2017 250pp
9780889615885 Paperback
Drawing on the diary entries of twenty young women living in Kibera, a large slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya, this book is an in-depth investigation into women's experiences of gender-based violence in the Global South. Elizabeth Swart employs relevant theory and feminist scholarship to ground her analysis in the broader context of globalisation, while also attending to the specific responses and strategies used by these diarists to cope with gender-based violence.
Canadian Scholars' Press

What Works in Girls' Education
Evidence for the World's Best Investment
Gene B. Sperling & Rebecca Winthrop
2015 288pp
9780815728603 Paperback
Offers hard-headed evidence on why the returns from investing in girls are so high that no nation or family can afford not to educate their girls. As Malala Yousafzai expresses in her foreword, the idea that any child could be denied an education due to poverty, custom, the law, or terrorist threats is just wrong and unimaginable.
Brookings Institution Press

Becoming Girl
Collective Biography and the Production of Girlhood
Edited by Marnina Gonick & Susanne Gannon
2014 250pp
9780889615137 Paperback
Located within the interdisciplinary field of girlhood studies, this collection demonstrates how memories can be used to investigate the ways in which girlhood is culturally, historically, and socially constructed. Narrative vignettes of memory are produced and investigated to explore relations of power, longing, and belonging, and to critically examine the ways in which girlhood is constituted.
Canadian Scholars' Press

Nationalist Heroines
Puerto Rican Women History Forgot, 1930s-1950s
Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim
May 2016 364pp
9781558766198 Paperback
From the moment the United States seized Puerto Rico, in 1898, to the 1950s, the islanders employed various forms of resistance against American colonial rule. While the male nationalists have been celebrated as heroes in Puerto Rico, the women have gone unmentioned. This book seeks to rescue the stories of the women who gave up their freedom in the quest to liberate their homeland.
Markus Wiener Publishers