On Wednesday, March 15, NO STOPPING US NOW author Lucy Jane Bledsoe was honored by Ida B. Wells High School in Portland for her efforts 50 years ago to fight for a school-sponsored girls basketball team, in compliance with Title IX, the landmark legislation that requires equal treatment regardless of gender for any state-sponsored institution.
Lucy spoke today at an all-school assembly celebrating Women’s History Month and the 50th anniversary of Title IX. NO STOPPING US NOW is a fictional account of her efforts at the school. She spoke to the assembly in the same gym where the first-ever girls basketball team played.
The event was covered by local media, including KGW-TV8 (see interview here), KPTV (see interview here) and The Oregonian. Following the packed assembly, Lucy met with a smaller group of students to discuss more in-depth about how standing up for what you believe in, and speaking truth to power can make a difference in your community and the world.
NO STOPPING US NOW is a 2023 RISE Honoree, a finalist for the Golden Poppy Award, and was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of “Nine Feminist Books That All Teen Readers Can Enjoy“. It is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, or directly from Three Rooms Press.