An instructor in the Young Women's Leadership Initiative program asked me to pull zines with these guidelines:
I think it's less important to show range--since they will be making pretty traditional format zines--and more important just to show strong examples with good layout and intelligent writing. The more "issue"-oriented the better, since I'm going to be focusing on the idea of making political zines as opposed to purely personal or diaristic ones.
I wasn't super-methodical about how I selected zines from the open stacks, but I thought people still might be interested in a bibliography of leadership/political zines. Here they are, alphabetical by title:
- Bamboo girl no. 3 : Anti-xmas/new yr's hell issue, by Sabrina Margarita Sandata Zines B36 no. 3
- Clark 8 by Columbia alumna Megan Gendell Zines G45c
Note: I selected this account of a psych ward stay more for the intelligent writing and clean layout than for its politics.
- Coed teen magazine for kids who don't wanna grow up by Theresa E. Molter Zines M657g no. 2
- Evolution of a race riot, edited by Mimi Thi Nguyen Zines N584e
Because this is a zine that changed punk.
- Facts about menstruation every woman should know by Sarah Evans Zines E82f
The first sentence of the abstract says it all, "Sarah made this political zine to educate women about menstruation."
- Framing historical theft by Athena Tan Zines T25f
- Hairstory by Barnard student and zine assistant Jordan Alam '13 Zines A436h 2012
- Hard as nails : the tough girl compilation zine by LJ Zines M365h
LJ profiles peer heroes and asks them to describe people who inspire them, as well.
- Hoax #4 : feminisms & hirstories by Rachel and Sari Zines M277h no. 4
- Licking stars off ceilings by Clementine Cannibal Zines C366l
Oops. This one might have been a little more sexually explicit than the instructor had in mind.
- Memoirs of a queer hapa no. 2 (pdf) by Jackie Wang Zines W3645m
- My feminist friends by Katelyn Angell Zines A54455m 2011
I would hope that these interviews with young feminists would inspire the YWLI participants
- Princess Charming by LJ Zines M365c
- Pull the plug on the feminine hygiene industry by Erin Wilkin Zines W435p
- Pure tuna fish by Rita Fatila Zines F38p
Because her "How to Be an Enlightened Whitey" essay sparked a large response when it was published in 1996.
- Shotgun seamstress by Osa Atoe Zines A86s
- Shouts to the editor, written by Power Up Plus students and compiled by Mary Tremonte Zines T746s 2011
- Sticks & stones no. 2 : Growing up by the Barnard Zine Club Zines B93s no. 2 2011
- Survive, empower, resist : a resource guide for survivors of sexual assault in New York City, compiled by Support New York Zines S877 2008
- Tenacious : art and writings from women in prison edited by Vikki Law Zines T45
Because I want young women leaders-in-training to get insight into injustice, and how with nothing but a roll of stamps you can make a difference in people's lives.
- Thirdspace, vol. 27, no. 1 : Re-imagining the future by the Women's Publication Network at the University of Victoria in Canada Zines T557 v27n1
- Trans(in)formation, edited by Kelly Shortandqueer Zines K48t 2008
This zine is by a man, but it applies to people of all genders.
- Twenty bus by Kelli Williams Zines W55d
To be honest, I love this well-written punk-as-fuck zine, but I'm not sure why I chose it for YWLI.
- Twinks for sale : a humble comics zine by Elvis Bakaitis Zines B3525t 2011
- Ungrateful black-white girl by Nia Diaspora Zines K565u
- Worse than queer: ramblings of a radical feminist by Naomi Gordon-Loebl Zines G67w
Made by a 15 year old without agency issues
11 of the 26 zines were made by women of color. 11 deal with issues of queerness, including transgender identity and resources, and 4 were created by teenagers.