Source: Blogging for Books – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Ten Speed
Edition: Hardcover, 112 Pages
Genre: Non-fiction, Women’s History
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
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.
Rad Women Worldwide is a beautifully illustrated hardbound book that focuses on 40 different women from 30 different countries.
Reading Rad Women Worldwide was sort of a breath of fresh air in the middle of an emotional sandstorm. I’ve had a ton going on in my own life (closing my bookstore, car issues, etc.) and I’ve need a read that would make me feel something other than entertainment, I needed something inspiring to get my mood up and ready to go. Rad Women Worldwide is that book.
Inside we have 40 entries on very influential women from all over the world, and all of the entries made me want to know more about them. So much so that I’ve started a personal challenge to read books about or by each woman (info here). There is a rather large mix of women here ranging from those who trail-blaze in sorts to women who have gave their lives to change their countries, and all of them are equally inspiring. Seriously I can’t stress enough at how absolutely empowering this book is. I actually think this would be an excellent book for kids and teens as well. Each story is rather short, no more than two pages of text, so you get an over view of their accomplishments and their fights but it also gives you a desire to go out and seek more info.
The illustrations are in a papercut style on top of very bright paper, and it really stands out and gives the book a really fresh look. I love the boldness of the images and it really makes for a gorgeous copy on my shelve.
Overall, i’m in love with this book. It’s short and sweet, and completely gorgeous. I can’t wait to find even more info on the women in this one (I’ve already read a few!) and I’m really excited to use it as a starting point to reading more women focused non-fiction.