Celebrate Rad Women - Events, Displays and More

Dare to be radical this Women's History Month! Join us to celebrate women and transgender trailblazers and changemakers.

Poster advertising Rad Women EventsBefore the book Rad American Women A-Z debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list for middle grade books, and before it sold out its first printing, Oakland Public Library was snapping up copies of this long-awaited treasure for feminists young and old.

Why? Of course, we love that it’s by two local authors — writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl, both teachers. We love the profiles of 26 diverse women and transgender leaders, from artists and abolitionists, to scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rebels!

We love its inclusive definition of feminism. And we really loved the excuse to dress up as history-making rabble rousers for Halloween. (Missed the costume contest? View photos here.)

But, above all, we love the book’s call to action: Rad American Women dares readers to be “rad” and “radical,” reminding us there are many places to find inspiration.

So join us in March as we celebrate what it means to be rad, to be feminist, to learn history and create it – with a month-long series of Women and Trans History events, displays and story times.

We also put together a pretty epic list of rad books, films and music for more inspiration.


Photo of author by Bert Johnson

Rad Women Live! – Author Talk & Art Demo
Saturday March 12
3:00pm - Cesar Chavez Library
Join author Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl for a lively discussion of their acclaimed book Rad American Women A-Z — and get a sneak peak of their new book Rad Women Worldwide. Photo by Bert Johnson.

Meet Award-Winning Author Alex Gino
Saturday March 19
3:00pm - Main Library, Children’s Room

Fourth-grader Melissa is rad. Join author Alex Gino as they introduce us to the brave girl at the center of George, the award-winning middle-grade book giving voice to a transgender heroine.

For the Advancement of Women: The Women’s Club Movement in Oakland
Wednesday March 23
6:00pm - Main Library, Brad Walters Auditorium

Join librarian Kathleen DiGiovanni to learn about women's clubs that advanced the city’s cultural and philanthropic life, including the venerable Ebell Society and the Fanny Jackson Coppin Club.

Photo of Juliana by @brittsense

Honoring Juliana "Jewels" Smith: Educator, writer, organizer
Saturday March 26
African American Museum and Library
Presented in collaboration with Afro Surreal Writers, we will honor the creative and liberatory science fiction of Jewels Smith, author of (H)afrocentric: the Comic, a feminist version of The Boondocks. Meet the author and book signing. Info: 510-637-0200. Photo by @brittsense



Women’s History Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, March 9
10:30am - Elmhurst Library

Listen to stories about rad women, and sing fun songs.

Women’s History Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, March 16
11:00am - Piedmont Library

Listen to stories about rad women, and sing fun songs.



Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement
February 13 - July 16, 2016
African American Museum and Library




Rad Reads: Book, Music and Film List
Share the link, download and enjoy: http://tinyurl.com/rad-list



Beginning on March 1st, look for children’s book displays at Golden Gate, Elmhurst and Eastmont. Or visit the Main Library's 1st Floor for various displays celebrating women and transgender labor leaders, musicians, artists, activists and more.