March 2019 Female Empowerment/Feminism Release Challenge

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In March we celebrate International Women's Day. For this month-long release challenge, you can release any book that features a strong female, or supports EQUALITY or FEMINISM.

Books can be ANY GENRE, fiction or non-fiction.

For non-fiction, think memoirs or biographies; self-help books by and for women, such as Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg or finance books by Suze Orman; or books on equal rights.

Fiction could be youth, young adult, or adult literature. It could be fiction, such as Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants or Little Women. Science-fiction/Fantasy with strong fictional characters like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Hermione Granger. Mystery/Thriller featuring a female detective or protagonist. Romance, if there is significant emphasis on female empowerment - not just any book about a women looking for love or finding a man! Those stories are a dime a dozen, so a romantic protagonist must be unusually strong, self-sufficient, and empowering.

Many books or characters that may qualify for this challenge are books in which the environment is not kind to women or where the characters spend much of the novel being victimized or trampled on: The Scarlet Letter, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Handmaid's Tale, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. But a book doesn't have to be uplifting to be empowering. The fight for equality isn't easy and feminists can be found in the darkest of places. So, even if your feminist character suffers, you might still consider releasing for this challenge. Just make sure there is some sort of growth or empowering message that can be gleaned from the work or the author.

ANY TYPE OF RELEASE counts for this challenge: wild, controlled, bookbox, etc.
Releases may also count for MULTIPLE CHALLENGES.
Anyone who participates will have a chance to win a PRIZE at the end of the month. Thanks for joining!



I'm not sure how many books I have that would work for this, but I'll give it a try.


wild releases with photos

1. Windfall -
Lead character is one of the powerful weather wardens who control the weather.

2. See No Color -
Lead character is a teenage girl who plays baseball (not softball).


Prime Suspect 2 (main character is a police detective).

Electric Blue (strong female lead character).


Eleanor: The Alone Years (biography of Eleanor Roosevelt after FDR's death - certainly an empowered woman).

Wicked (This version of the "Wicked" Witch is very much a feminist, empowered woman).


wingResQgeekwing 3 mos ago
Release #5
Puppet Lead character is a strong independent woman who is a criminal attorney.


wingResQgeekwing 3 mos ago
Release #6
Unchained: The Dark Forgotten (Female lead character "is one kick-ass monster killer", according to the back cover, which sounds empowered to me!)


wingResQgeekwing 3 mos ago
Release #7
Sisterhood of Spies (Stories of the women who risked their lives spying for the US with the OSS during WWII.)


wingResQgeekwing 3 mos ago
Release #8
Hard Time (Private investigator V. I. Warshawski is definitely an empowered woman!)


wingResQgeekwing 3 mos ago
Release #9
The Late Show (LAPD Detective Renée Ballard is one seriously empowered woman!)


wingResQgeekwing 3 mos ago
Release #10
No Safe Place (strong female lead character)


wingResQgeekwing 2 mos ago
Release #11
Shiver (strong female lead character)


wingResQgeekwing 2 mos ago
Release #12
Personal History (Memoir by Katherine Graham, who owned and ran the Washington Post newspaper for several decades)


wingResQgeekwing 2 mos ago
Release #13
Trading in Danger (Science-fiction with a strong female lead character, by a female author)


wingResQgeekwing 2 mos ago
Release #14
Dead Man's Handle (Includes the strong female character Modesty Blaise)


wingResQgeekwing 2 mos ago
Release #15
4th of July (strong female lead character)


Pitch Black (strong female lead)

2nd Chance (team of female crime solvers)


The Late Show is my first catch for this challenge.


I already want to read every book that has been released for this challenge so far. LOL!
I fear I might end up acquiring more books than I release by the end of this month.


I fear I might end up acquiring more books than I release by the end of this month.

That's okay. Just read them and set them aside and release them for next year's Challenge! That way we'll be sure you'll host it again next year!


1. Journey to Munich ( ), for its focused and strong heroine Maisie Dobbs; wild release.

2. Halfway to the Sky ( ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


I have a few books that will be good for this challenge. I'll play but not for prizes. 🐿


wild releases with photos

3. The Baker's Secret -
A young French woman fights back against the occupying Nazis in her own special way.

4. Moloka'i -
Taken from her home as a young girl and send to live in a colony of exiles, Rachel finds a way to build a life despite a crippling disease.


3. A Red Herring Without Mustard ( ), for its bright and spunky young heroine, wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


Today is International Women's Day! Hoping to release a book or two. What about you?


4. Leviathan ( ), for its smart and determined heroine; wild release, multiple challenges, photo.


5. The Stone Gods ( ), wild release, multiple challenges, photo.

6. Voodoo Dreams ( ), wild release, photo.


wild release with photo

5. Coal River -
A young woman returns to her coal-mining hometown and finds herself drawn to help the impoverished workers, especially the children.



6. poems by Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author, activist and feminist.


7. Sultana's Dream ( ), wild release multiple challenges, photo. [A fable about a women's utopia, from 1905.]


wild release with photo

6. China Run -
A woman on the run from the Chinese goverment to save her newly-adopted child.


1 - The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women [CONTROLLED RELEASE]

2 - Especially for a Woman

3 - Little Women

4 - How to Be Like Women of Influence: Life Lessons from 20 of the Greatest

5 - Amazing Women: Amazing Firefighters

6 - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

7 - Madam Secretary

8 - The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey

9 - Seven Up: A Stephanie Plum Novel

10 - Two for the Dough: A Stephanie Plum Novel

11 - First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents

12 - Mrs. Peachtree's Bicycle


wild releases with photos

7. The Salmon Princess -
In which an "Alaskan Cinderella" makes some choices for herself.

8. Coco Chanel -
YA biography of the fashion icon.


13 - U is for Undertow [protagonist is a private detective]

14- Anne of the Island

15 - Churchill’s Angels


7. Half the Sky , PBS TV documentary (multiple challenges)


8. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.

Rachel Carson was a scientist, activist and civil servant. A marine biologist, with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service.
Released for multiple challenges.


8. The Seagull ( ), wild release, multiple challenges. [For protagonist Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope]


1. Bitch Factor (female bounty hunter)
2. This Case is Gonna Kill Me (bad-ass lawyer)
3. Irritable Hearts: A PTSD A Love Story (memoir)
4. The Girl with Seven Names (memoir)


1. In Celebration of Women,


16 - Mrs. Jeffries Takes Tea at Three: Victorian Mysteries [Mrs. Jeffries may be the housekeeper, but she and her helpers solve the murders and give the facts to her employer, the somewhat clueless Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard.]

17 - Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery [Agatha Raisin owns a detective agency.]

18 - Three Plums in One [Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter.]

19 - Visions of Sugar Plums: A Stephanie Plum Holiday Novel [Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter.]

20 - The Girl Who Played with Fire

21 - Murder in the Kitchen by Alice B. Toklas [CONTROLLED RELEASE] [She and Gertrude Stein hosted a salon in the home they shared that attracted expatriate American writers, such as Ernest Hemingway, Paul Bowles, Thornton Wilder, and Sherwood Anderson; and avant-garde painters, including Picasso, Matisse, and Braque.]

22 - The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

23 - What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women & The Food That Tells Their Stories


9. A is for Alibi: Sue Grafton's, Kinsey Millhone is a Private Investigator and fiercely independent woman. In this 1st book of the Alphabet series she introduces herself as "twice divorced, no kids, no pets, no plants".

10. Deep South: Nevada Barr’s protagonist Anna Pigeon is a US National Park Law enforcement ranger. Author, Nevada Barr served as a US National Park ranger at one time.


wild release with photo

9. My Louisiana Sky -

Tiger Ann is a bright young girl with dreams for her future. Will she move to the big city to live with

her aunt, or stay in her small hometown to take care of her mentally challenged parents?

LFL releases with photo

10. Gale Force -
11. Heat Stroke -
12. Ill Wind -
- Weather Warden series: urban fantasy with a female protagonist
13. Fire Study -
- Fantasy, female lead
14. A Girl Named Zippy -
15. The House at Otowi Bridge -
- biographies of women

This was an interesting challenge; thanks for running it!


24 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

25 - The Girl Who Played with Fire

26 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

27 - Two Histories of England by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens


1. - Sheila Hancock - British Actress
2. Geralyn Lucas – Young breast cancer survivor


28 - The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman

29 - Norah: The Making of an Irish-American Woman in 19th Century New York

30 - Travelers' Tales: A Woman's World

31 - Smart Women Finish Rich


Released on time. Posted late.

32 - Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel

33 - Writing a Woman's Life

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Thanks for a fun Challenge!


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