Kelly Jensen, editor of Here We Are and BookRiot

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome Kelly Jensen, Book Riot editor and editor of the new book Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World.

Book Riot editor Kelly Jensen brings together a diverse group of influential voices—including Sierra Leonian-American ballerina Michaela DePrince, politician Wendy Davis, acclaimed authors Nova Ren Suma and Courtney Summers, and pop culture celebrities— to examine what feminism means for young readers in Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World.

In this two-color, scrapbook-style collection of personal essays, lists, art, and poetry, readers will take a tour through the history of feminism; learn about self-love, personal identity, and confidence; explore gender and sexuality; discover pop culture through a feminist lens; and much more. For example, author Kaye Mirza writes an essay on how her faith, as a Muslim woman who proudly wears the hijab, led her to feminism. Artists like Liz Prince offer comics, photography, and humorous, illustrated guides. Each contributor to this varied, young adult nonfiction anthology brilliantly illustrates that there is no singular way to be a feminist.

“It felt like the right time to bring together a variety of voices, perspectives, and insights into what feminism means, what it looks like, and why it’s a movement that teenagers want to know and be involved in,” says Jensen. “This is very much the book I would have wanted as a teenager to help me make sense of the idea.” Jensen is also the author of It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader. Previously a librarian, she is now an editor for Book Riot and runs Stacked (, a book blog about all things YA. An avid reader and social activist, Jensen is well known on social media and was named a 2015 Free Speech Hero by the National Coalition Against Censorship.

The younger sister to books like Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist and Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman, Kelly Jensen’s Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World brings a diverse millennial perspective to the movement and proves that feminism is just as vital and relevant now as it was generations ago.

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315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616205867
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - January 24th, 2017