Don’t you ever say women don’t rock! [Book Review]

This book’s cover drew me in immediately.

cover of Rad Women Worldwide by Schatz and Stahl

I mean, look at it, it’s incredible.

All the art in the book is done in this same style by artist Miriam Klein Stahl using paper, pencil, and an X-Acto knife. How cool is that? This style carries you through the whole book, and lends a cool vibe to the project as a whole.

Book Description

Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and amazing tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well-researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. The book features an array of diverse figures from 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world, from Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica).  An additional 250 names of international rad women are also included as a reference for readers to continue their own research.

This progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women’s history and belongs on the shelf of every school, library, and home. Together, these stories show the immense range of what women have done and can do. May we all have the courage to be rad!

My Rating

I loved this book!

The author has researched women from around the world who have done amazing, brave, and kind things that make them great role models for girls, boys, women, and men. These women made sacrificed and faced dangers most of us could never dream of facing with grace and dignity. They ruled over kingdoms with kindness, faced injustice with nonviolence, and did things people said women and girls should never do.

Some of these women I had already heard of, like Frida Kahlo and Malala Yousafzai. Others, such as Nanny of the Maroons and the Guerrilla Girls, I had never heard of until I saw them featured in these pages. But they all left an impression on me that won’t soon be erased.

I give this book a wholehearted five of five stars and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the amazing people who have paved the way for women to thrive in today’s world, and who continue to push for more rights until one day we are all considered equal.

 

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