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Evette Dion

Connection to Illinois: Dion received her Master of Science in media management and women, gender, and sexuality studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2014.

Biography: Evette Dionne is a black feminist writer and the editor-in-chief of Bitch Media. Her writings about race, gender, and culture have appeared in Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Bustle, Self, The Guardian, and The New York Times, among other publications. Before becoming a writer and editor, Dionne taught eighth graders about social justice and tenth graders about world literature. She is based in Denver, CO.

  • Lifting as We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR HONOR BOOK LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2021 ORBIS PICTUS AWARD HONOR BOOK SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST BOOKS OF 2020, Starred Reviews - Kirkus, School Library Journal and Booklist

Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

Lifting as We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box
ISBN: 0451481542 OCLC:

Viking Books for Young Readers 2020

For African American women, the fight for the right to vote was only one battle. An eye-opening book that tells the important, overlooked story of Black women as a force in the suffrage movement--when fellow suffragists did not accept them as equal partners in the struggle. --Publisher's description.

Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul
ISBN: 0063076365 OCLC: [S.l.] :

Ecco [S.l.] : 2022

A poignant and ruthlessly honest journey through cultural expectations of size, race, and gender—and toward a brighter future—from National Book Award nominee Evette Dionne My body has not betrayed me; it has continued rebounding against all odds. It is a body that others map their expectations on, but it has never let me down. In this insightful, funny, and whip-smart book, acclaimed writer Evette Dionne explores the minefields fat Black woman are forced to navigate in the course of everyday life. From her early experiences of harassment to adolescent self-discovery in internet chatrooms to diagnosis with heart failure at age twenty-nine, Dionne tracks her relationships with friendship, sex, motherhood, agoraphobia, health, pop culture, and self-image. Along the way, she lifts back the curtain to reveal the subtle, insidious forms of surveillance and control levied at fat women: At the doctor’s office, where any health ailment is treated with a directive to lose weight. On dating sites, where larger bodies are rejected or fetishized. On TV, where fat characters are asexual comedic relief. But Dionne’s unflinching account of our deeply held prejudices is matched by her fierce belief in the power of self-love. An unmissable portrait of a woman on a journey toward understanding our society and herself, Weightless holds up a mirror to the world we live in and asks us to imagine the future we deserve.