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Too much: banal info overload with no depth, the writing style is exhausting
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2021
It is hard to take this book seriously, but I tried. The book is writen in a breathy gossip-column style. Mother Jones, the co-founder of the Industrial Workers of the World, is called "Mo Jo Rising" and she is allocated equal text with Yoko Ono. Martina Navratilova, who was named the best tennis player of the year for 30 years, gets a paragraph of text mainly dealing with her sexuality. Finally, the book is also full of invented words that sound like they burbled forth from the mouth of a middle school cheerleader: “shero,” “femtastic,” “herstory” and lots of cliches like "Jane Goodall, not just monkeying around" and "Clare Boothe Luce: Luce Cannon".
I bought this book for my teenager and after reading it myself, I decided it was too banal for a teenager. I give it one star for introducing me to a couple of news-to-me historic figures including the Night Witches, Nazi-fighting Soviet pilots.