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The book is what it says it is: a primer on women's history and rights. The power in it, is because we are typically not taught the grey areas of how women can harm, we are not taught the full picture of whose rights take precedence, and we rarely learn about women who are not cisgender, abled, heteronormative, white, or class-privileged. It is a joyful thing to see the beautiful illustrations of women who are often barely mentioned, as well as getting a taste of how women in the prehistoric and ancient world, struggled and flourished. I think this book can be a doorway, for many women and especially for young women and girls, who have maybe never seen their experience as something vital to human history or progress. I finished the book with tears streaming down my face from sheer relief at seeing a fraction of the whole experience acknowledged. With the framing story of a range of young people, I could easily see this as the first in a series. I hope people will gift this to young people in their lives, to show them the possibility that exists and the work that is still to be done.
If you’re looking for a graphic history (aka “comic book style”) book that explains the fight for women’s rights, this is the book.
The plot entails a class of young women, who disagree with what the women’s movement is, receiving a tour through history from a purple artificial intelligence.
They cover historical figures from multiple countries, as well as an outline of different systems of rights in different places and times.
They cover suffrage, equal rights, and how women’s rights movements intersect with minority rights, the labor movement, white supremacy, child labor laws, eugenics, misogyny, the civil rights movement, LGTBQIA rights movements, and many other important points in history.
I think Fredrick Douglass might be the only man mentioned by name.
They also cover historical activist figures you may not hear about elsewhere — especially Black, Native American, and Indian folks. I learned more names in this book than I did in 12 years of education last century.
Because it’s a survey more than a textbook, most of what you get is a name and maybe two paragraphs about a person or an event. It’s enough to pique interest and send the reader back to the library. (It’s also probably a good “pick one person from the book to do a report on” resource for teachers.)
I see this book making a place for itself on bookshelves for historians young and old, women who want to know they’re not fighting alone, and the home of anyone who wants to better understand how women fit into the history of the human race.
I was looking forward to this so much that I pre-ordered it, and for the most part it lived up to my extremely (possibly unfairly) high expectations.
This book covers a *lot* of ground and many many women and events, so it can't go into much depth about any of them and it can't touch on everything, due to space constraints. It will probably whet your appetite for more. That's a good thing, even if it's mildly frustrating! This is meant to be a primer and it is one. Some parts are USA-heavy which was fine with me because that's where I live, and so do the authors.
The pages feel nice and sturdy and the artwork is solid, with an especially gorgeous cover. The graphic novel format really worked for me, and I think my kids will want to read it because of that. This book doesn't shy away from tough topics and some violence is shown in the artwork, but not in a scary or glorifying way.
I found some of the transitions and jumping around a bit jarring, but I also can't think of a better way to cover so much material succinctly. Overall the framing device works well: we virtually travel through time and around the world along with a class learning women's history from a futuristic, personified AI program. The students pose questions to the AI and talk a bit with each other, too, but most of the text is the AI character narrating historical events and giving brief biographies.
I wish this book included pronunciation guides for names, both for read-aloud purposes and just for my own edification. Maybe as footnotes in a future edition? I appreciate the index at the back and can envision this being used as a classroom and family resource, as well as being readable as a story. It's not easy to accomplish both of those things in one book, but this one balances them well, and looks good doing it. I hope there is a sequel soon.
An incredibly well-written, well-researched book that includes many powerful women through history - including quite a few I had never heard of! I read this with my kids, who absolutely loved it, and it gave us many opportunities to do more research into the amazing women mentioned and learn more about their lives and accomplishments (more of this to come, I expect, as we re-read and get interested in different movements and time periods). I especially appreciated the nuanced treatment of some difficult figures. The illustrations are bold and bright, and overall this is absolutely as good as I hoped and expected. Highly recommended.
This was pretty amazing. I had heard of maybe a third of the women featured in this book. It was informative and entertaining. The artwork is lovely, and both writer and artist are careful to be inclusive of just about every woman there is. I can't wait for my great-nieces to grow up a bit more so they will be ready for this.
I bought it on Kindle so I was able to blow up the artwork and examine it more closely. I was thrilled by all the details. I think every woman on the planet could find someone in this book to identify with.
Beautiful visualized journey of the women from history who made history - amplifying what is often ignored historically. The women who fought for the rights of women - and for the better treatment of many. A walk through the battle unfolding, including and especially the astounding bravery of women of color whose voices are too often silenced and certainly historically ignored. This is a book of heroes for any girl to see herself in, any child who craves stories of bravery and fighting against the odds.
Hooray! My copy came today. I pre-ordered and have been waiting and waiting and waiting. I'm so excited to finally have this book arrive. I'm only 15 pages in, but loving it already. It's a sweeping survey highlighting so many women (and so many I hadn't heard of before), a great starting point for further reading/research. The artwork is amazing, and the best thing is that it is so inclusive. I love it!
I pre-ordered this book and was so excited to read it I finished it in the first day. Now I look forward to going back and re-reading and researching more into people I was introduced to in this book. The illustrations are beautiful and the text is engaging. This book has a great feel - I like the weight of the pages. I love that there’s an index for reference. I’m buying copies for folks for Christmas.
The more I read it the more I loved it especially as it moved into American history. I started looking up a lot of things in the book to research more on my own. I really love ❤️ the book and in the illustrations are totally awesome. It reminded me how our rights were fought for and I’m grateful for the women and men who fought for our rights !!!