Editor’s Book Recommendations

This article was written by Sorcha DeHeer

Fired Up About Reproductive Rights by Jane Kirby 

Jane Kirby’s pocket-sized book is a great resource for anyone, no matter how familiar they are with reproductive rights. The topics are well thought out and carefully explained in a way that is accessible and easy to read. Not only does Kirby cover birth control and abortion but also coerced sterilization, eugenics and population control. It is history and praxis wrapped in orange paper. The book concludes with a call to action and a recognition of the topics the book wasn’t able to cover. 

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman 

Historical fiction has long been one of my favourite genres. The Home for Unwanted Girls is a heart-wrenching story of the Duplessis orphans in Quebec during the 19050s. Goodman manages to craft a beautifully written story while delving into French-English tensions and how our identities are shaped by the world around us. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for an easy but emotional read over the holidays. 

Babysitter: An American History by Miriam Forman-Brunell

Miriam Forman-Brunell is a Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her focus has been on the history of childhood and youth, a growing field in social history. Babysitter: An American History examines the history of babysitting through a feminist lens, paying particular attention to girls’ pursuit of autonomy and empowerment. Even more, Formal-Brunell links the beginnings of the gender pay gap with babysitting and other jobs frequently done by adolescent boys and girls.  


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