Final Selections for the 2016 Book Prize are now being reviewed!
2016 Nomination Guidelines:
1. Books must be authored or co-authored by a woman. Co-authored books are eligible for the prize, but a female author must have played a significant role in authoring the book.
2. Full-length books of fiction and nonfiction are eligible. Collections of short stories and collections of essays by one author are eligible. Collections of short stories and collections of essays compiled by an editor are ineligible.
3. First editions of the book must have been published between January 2013 and August 2015 (books previously reviewed will not be reconsidered)
4. Books must be written or translated into English and must be available for purchase in the United States.
5. Previous recipients of the Book Prize are eligible.
6. Books must address at least one of the core pillars of WOMEN’S WAY: reproductive freedom and/or health care access, women’s economic self-sufficiency, the leadership of girls and young women; and/or gender-based violence.
7. Books that reference one or more of the above core pillars, but focus broadly on the history or current/future state of feminism will also be considered.
8. The book must align with the spirit of the mission and vision of WOMEN’S WAY:
- Mission: A Powerful Voice for Women: creating an equitable, just and safe future for all communities in the Greater Philadelphia region.
- Vision: We envision an engaged society in which women and girls have achieved economic equity, safety, and reproductive freedom, and have unfettered access to opportunity.
9. Books must be accessible to a non-academic audience.
10. Books will be judged based on their alignment with WOMEN’S WAY’s mission, vision and priority issue areas, as well as their accessibility and quality.
Established in 2007, this prize honors the legacy of Ernesta Drinker Ballard, a WOMEN’S WAY founder, first president of its Board of Directors and extraordinary champion for women and girls.
WOMEN’S WAY Book Prize Honorees:
Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeine (2007)
The Motherhood Manifesto
Ann Fessler (2008)
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (2009)
Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History
Michelle Goldberg (2010)
The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World
Rebecca Traister (2012)
Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for Women
Madeleine Kunin (2013)
The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family
Jody Raphael (2014)
Rape is Rape: How Denial, Distortion, and Victim-Blaming are Fueling a Hidden Acquaintance Rape Crisis
Janet Mock (2015)
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More