Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrations)

rad-women

Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Ten Speed Press
Source: Publisher

 A few weeks ago, I reviewed Wonder Women by Sam Maggs and it got me wondering about other similar titles. Some research later, I discovered Rad Women Worldwide. 

Considering the distasteful rhetoric currently spouted by some very influential people, it is more important than ever that the girls and women in our lives have role models, inspirations, in the shape of women from all around the world who have achieved big and small victories by defying the constraints placed upon them by the patriarchy, their social status, and, in some instances, their own bodies. The keyword here is “worldwide” because too often the lens through which success is viewed is far too narrow to encompass the female experience in all its intersectional glory.

Rad Women Worldwide considers both contemporary and historical women whose achievements have been momentous and paved ways for other women with similar dreams. From Enheduanna of Mesopotamia whose legacy lives on thanks to writing found on scraps to  Emma Goldman of Russia, Katie Schatz considers women who sought to change the world in very different ways. My fave may  be the poem at the end that talks about the “Stateless,” those who don’t have a country to belong to, who are refugees fleeing from war and other discrimination, but who are nonetheless inspiring daily by their refusal to give up against heartbreak and despair.

I liked the author’s note at the end and the accompanying mention of the research Schatz did in order to compile this list of women. I also appreciated the brief mention of the women who are not included in the body of the book but who deserve as much acclaim for the work they have done in the fields they pursued.

I confess the illustration style is not my favourite but in this instance, I don’t mind it too much because the bold lines match the tone of the book.

All in all, this is an excellent book and I recommend that parents looking to inspire their daughters pick this one up, If you are a lady needing some motivation, grab this book. If you are a dude who is skeptical about how awesome women are, get this book. Matter of fact, no matter who you are, get this book. I sincerely recommend it.

nafiza signature

The Diary of Ma  Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl by Ma Yan, Pierre Haski, Lisa Appignanesi  (Translator)

The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl by Ma Yan, Pierre Haski, Lisa Appignanesi (Translator)

Hardcover, 176 pages Published May 31st 2005 by HarperCollins Source: Library It is not every day that a book makes me cry. Just…every other day. Just kidding. I actually have a cold heart so being emotional while reading is not a normal occurrence for me. However, The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes […]

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs, Sophia Foster-Dimino (Illustrator)

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs, Sophia Foster-Dimino (Illustrator)

Hardcover, 240 pages Published October 4th 2016 by Quirk Books Source: Publisher Ever heard of Allied spy Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim woman whom the Nazis considered “highly dangerous”? Or German painter and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, who planned and embarked on the world’s first scientific expedition? How about Huang Daopo, the inventor who fled an […]

Looking Back: A Book of Memories by Lois Lowry

Looking Back: A Book of Memories by Lois Lowry

Hardcover, 272 pages Published September 6th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers Source: Raincoast Books Lois Lowry is the writer of many many books  (Goodreads lists her backlist count as 88) and is known particularly for The Giver series. (We have written about it often enough.) This volume was first published in 1998 but has since […]

It’s Catching! The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes

It’s Catching! The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes

  Title: It’s Catching – The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes Author: Jennifer Gardy, PhD / Illustrator:  Josh Holinaty Publisher: Owl Kids Publication Date: 2014 Genre/Format: Nonfiction My Two Cents: One thing you quickly learn when working with kids is that there’s a definite “so gross it’s awesome” factor to many top nonfiction titles. So, I’m kicking the cool grossness up […]

You Should Meet Mae Jemison

You Should Meet Mae Jemison

Blast off into space and get to know Mae Jemison—the first African-American woman to ever go to space—with this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read early reader, part of a new series of biographies about people “you should meet.” Meet Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut! Did you know before Mae was an astronaut, she […]

Women In Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures

Women In Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures

Being a life-long science fiction nut and borderline Trekkie, I’ve decided to embrace this month’s space theme in all its nerdy, nerdy glory and share some of my favourite space-themed fiction and nonfiction titles. I’m going to kick things off with a real bang with Women In Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, […]