Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Ten Speed Press
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.