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BOOK REVIEW | Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz

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In Rad Women Worldwide, writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl tell fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. Featuring an array of diverse figures 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), this progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women’s history.

–  blurb from Goodreads

I received an advanced copy of this e-book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

Rad Women Worldwide is a compilation of 40 mini biographies that educate readers on a number of influential women spanning many years and locations – 31 different countries to be exact. Each biography is concise, about a page, but they don’t lack a thing. All of them include a back story on an amazing woman including what they did and why it was important. Though it may seem short, it’s enough information to begin the process of learning their history without being tedious and dry.

 

In a society that silences women and their accomplishments, it’s very refreshing to read an entire book about how they fought the patriarchy and changed the world.It’s also worrisome that I hadn’t heard of 95% of the women that were featured. Rad Women Worldwide is a crucial first step to ensuring more phenomenal women become household names. They fought for women’s freedom and rights in both subtle and extreme ways and they deserve to be recognized. This book has allowed me to further my understanding of women’s history. I added a number of biographies to my to-read list as I went, and I’m very excited to get a more in-depth knowledge into some pretty cool ladies. Sadly, I doubt I would have taken that plunge if I hadn’t had the pleasure of reading it. But that’s just how things are – you don’t tend to read or look into subjects that you aren’t around or hear about all of the time.

Outside of content, this book is very aesthetically pleasing. Each woman has her own portrait, and each page is designed with a bright colour. This makes it more accessible for younger audiences and those who get overwhelmed by too much text. Literally the only thing I would change is that I wish it had been organized in alphabetical order or in a timeline.

This informative book is a crucial read for every single person. No matter your age, gender, race, political views, or anything that makes you who you are, this is a book you should read. These women are heroes. Without their extraordinary bravery and resilience, women wouldn’t have the rights and opportunities that we do today. Yes, there’s still a ridiculous amount of misogyny – we have a lot of work to do – but the world is a better place thanks to the women of the past. Their history should be acknowledged, shared, and cherished. Reading this book is a really simple way to do that.

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