Highlighting an international array of women, Kate Schatz has created short biographies of women from around the globe in Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History. The women profiled include some familiar names and some unfamiliar ones, all depicted with Miriam Klein Stahl’s black and white papercut illustrations. The forty stories take the reader on a journey that spans every continent and many years. The stories follow the map that is laid out in the front endpapers with a colored dot highlighting the location of each story. It begins in Mesopotamia with Enheduanna who is the world’s oldest known author living more than 4,000 years ago writing passionate, emotional poems and hymns. The reader then travels through Asia, making multiple stops including Pakistan for the story of Malala Yousafazai and Burma for Aung San Suu Kyi both of whom won the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the Chinese feminist Qiu Jin. The reader then travels to Australia learning the story of Faith Bandler who worked with other activists to change the constitution and take out the anti-indigenous sections. When the reader travels to the Africa there are many stories to read, including the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Egyptian King Hatshepsut and the famous singer Miriam Makeba who songs spoke out against apartheid. In South America, the reader encounters stories like that of the Quintreman sisters who led a massive peaceful protest against the building of a dam that lasted ten years and Bastardilla a female street artist who focuses on creating murals that beautify the world around her while sending powerful messages about women. When the reader reaches North American, they stop to learn about the artist Frida Kahlo, the Hawaiian Queen Lili’uokalani, tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams and Nanny of the Maroons, the Jamaican symbol against slavery and colonialism. In Europe stories like that of scientists Marie Curie and Irene Joliot-Curie, teacher Maria Montessori and pirate Grace O’Malley can be found. The message that rings true through each story is the revolutionary life that these women led, whether they are known throughout the world or only in their country, each of these women have made a difference and have lived lives meant to shape history and inspire the future. The text is easily accessible for children, although it was published for adults, and inspirational in its scope.


Note: I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review

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