Questioning the Lack of Diversity in Historical Fiction

#WeNeedDiverseBooks of ALL genres for ALL ages

The Book Wars

Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 10 November 2008)

Two weeks ago, I talked in a complicated sort of way about why it is so important to be aware that the language history is written in is not necessarily the language it occurs in and as such, discrepancies exist and the lens through which we view history is, perhaps unavoidably, flawed.

This week I want to question a marked lack of diversity in historical fiction written for children. Let me define what I mean and set up some limits etc. so that what I say has some relevancy and makes sense. In fact, let me restate my question.

Why does children’s literature not have a more noticeable number of titles that deal with non-European, non-white history written not by white people but by the very people whose history is being narrated/fictionalized etc.? To simplify further, why don’t we have more…

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Shaking Up Social Media and How Women Are Portrayed

Inspiration of The WEEK. Being proactive in changing the stereotypes… #GirlPower #WomanPower #Feminist #LikeAGirl

“…once you find your true path in life and do what it takes to follow it, you’ll be the better version of yourself that everyone hopes to be.

Be inspired by the strong trailblazers who have left a wake that shakes things up.

Be challenged by women making art, building skills, making things, and getting business done.

We can all learn from each other’s stories and advice.”

How about I, you ask?
You’re damn right!

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Let’s take a minute to think about women in media and how we’re portrayed. It’s a common enough topic these days. Many of us are aware that our society is continually bombarded with gorgeous glamazon women, thin and flawless, with glowing skin and shiny hair, perfectly positioned, sitting, standing still, just waiting to be admired.
We all know the wonders of Photoshop, the great works of make-up artists, and the phenomena of calorie counting. Even once the smoke and mirrors are revealed, it can still be hard to shake the conditioned image of what women are expected to be in this day and age. Of course what we need is an adjustment of those expectations. We say we’ll think differently and react on a more educated level when we see these constant reminders of what our culture demands of us. But it can be tough to stand strong against the nonstop…

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