Sunday, October 9, 2016

Rad Women Worldwide: a book review


Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History
Written by Kate Schatz; Illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl
Published by Ten Speed Press on September 27, 2016

Rad Women Worldwide is a fun look at more than 40 women, contemporary and historical, who have done amazing things around the world.

I was pleasantly surprised that the women discussed in this book included names with which I was familiar (Malala Yousafzai and Frida Kahlo, for example), as well as names I’d never heard of (Grace "Granuaile" O'Malley and Policarpa "La Pola" Salavarrieta, to name a couple).

They also come from a wide variety of backgrounds and vocations, such as activist, soccer player, pirate, and even a female king.

The design of the book contributes to the rad feeling with simplistic, edgy images in contrasting colors. I wish, however, that actual photographs had been included where possible. Although the illustrations make for a cohesive look for the book, photographs would have given me a better feel for the women whose stories are told.

The hardcover version is a bit reminiscent of a small textbook (but cooler). It doesn’t have a dust jacket; the cover itself is printed. The inside cover depicts a world map with the women’s names marked on it, showing that the included women are, indeed, from all over the world. This map was a nice touch.

Reading about these women was enlightening and entertaining. I learned not only about the women, but also a bit about history, in general. A full page is devoted to each woman, which makes it easy to pick up this book and read about one of the women in just a few minutes.

Anyone with an interest in women's history (and perhaps anyone with daughters) should pick this book up. I'd suggest leaving it out on the coffee table or somewhere else that encourages picking it up to read an entry from time to time.

Disclaimer: I received an advance-read copy of this book from the publisher, Ten Speed Press, via Blogging for Books, as well as an advance-read copy of the ebook from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Additionally, I have used affiliate links throughout this post. Please see my book review and affiliate disclaimer for more information.

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