Happy International Women’s Day!
Today, Karina counts down her top 5 collections featuring amazing women!
“All these books contain amazing women throughout history, taking names and kicking butt. I love that each of these books show a wide range of people from history, including businesswomen, musicians, scientists, actors, suffragettes, activists, really every kind of woman.
I highly recommend all these books, especially Shout Out To The Girls, because they’re specifically Australia women that may be less well known.”
Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee:
Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trail-blazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, witty bios and in-depth storytelling, the book takes a closer look at the bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside of traditional gender roles for their times. Coupled with illustrations and Lee’s Drunk History-esque storytelling style, this book is an outright celebration of the badass women who paved the way for the rest of us.
100 Nasty Women Of History by Hannah Jewell:
This great book contains profiles of women from across every century, race and continent, united in the fact that they were all a bit ‘nasty’. From 3rd-century Japanese Empress Jingu to 20th-century British social reformer Octavia Hill, these are the women who were bold and powerful, but maybe put people (men’s) backs up by being so. An accessible, intelligent, hilarious (and sometimes sweary) guide to the history-making women whom you probably don’t know – but definitely should.
Women In Science by Rachel Ignotofsky:
A fascinating collection full of striking, singular art, the book features 50 profiles and illustrated portraits of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world, and also contains infographics about interesting and relevant topics such as lab equipment and rates of women currently working in STEM fields.
Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli:
What if the princess did not marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut or an activist? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom?
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives. From Marie Curie to Malala, Ada Lovelace to Zaha Hadid, this book brings together the stories of scientists, artists, politicians, pirates and spies. Each double-page spread contains a mini-biography written in the style of a modern fairy tale and a full-page portrait capturing the spirit of each heroine, by one of the sixty female artists from across the globe who were commissioned to illustrate the book. Powerful, moving and very necessary, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girl will inspire and delight readers of all ages.
Shout Out to the Girls by Various:
Let’s hear it for the Australian women who have shaped our history and are expanding our future!
Shout-outs to 50 awesome Australian women with easy-to-read biographies of their incredible achievements. From Cathy Freeman to Turia Pitt, Edith Cowan to Julia Gillard, Mum Shirl to Vali Myers, plus rally car drivers, molecular biologists and more, this book is a celebration of women in all fields, from all walks of life, and from Australia’s past and present.