Rejected princesses Tales of history's boldest heroines, hellions, and heretics

Jason Porath

Book - 2016

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New York, NY : Dey St [2016]
First edition
Item Description
Additional materials and updated entries available at
Physical Description
xiii, 370 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 358-369).
Main Author
Jason Porath (author)
  • Khutulun
  • Tatterhood
  • Agnodice
  • Te Puea Herangi
  • Moremi Ajasoro
  • Sybil Ludington
  • Kurmanjan Datka
  • Andamana
  • Mary Seacole
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Gráinne "Grace O'Malley" Ní Mháille
  • "Stagecoach" Mary Fields
  • Yennenga
  • Annie Jump Cannon
  • Wilma Rudolph
  • Alfhild
  • Calafia
  • Keumalahayati
  • Marie Marvingt
  • Iara
  • Jane Dieulafoy
  • Tin Hinan
  • Hatshepsut
  • Emmy Noether
  • Ka'ahumanu
  • Katie Sandwina
  • Gracia Mendes Nasi
  • Sayyida al-Hurra
  • Matilda of Tuscany
  • Moll Cutpurse
  • Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland
  • Trung Trac and Trung Nhi
  • Yaa Asantewaa
  • Gertrude Bell
  • Eustaquia de Souza and Ana Lezama de Urinza
  • Mary Bowser
  • Pope Joan
  • Nwanyeruwa
  • Mary Lacy
  • Josefina "Joey" Guerrero
  • Chiyome Mochizuki
  • Nana Asma'u
  • Julie "La Maupin" d'Aubigny
  • Nanny of the Maroons
  • Xtabay
  • Tomoe Gozen
  • Empress Theodora
  • Rani Lakshmibai
  • Mariya Oktyabrskaya
  • Yael
  • Wallada bint al-Mustakfi
  • Ada Lovelace
  • Laskarina Bouboulina
  • Ching Shih
  • Christine de Pizan
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Anne Hutchinson
  • Petra "Pedro" Herrera
  • A'isha bint abi Bakr
  • Olga of Kiev
  • Agontime and the Dahomey Amazons
  • Mata Hari
  • Josephine Baker
  • Dhat al-Himma
  • Alice Clement
  • Shajar al-Durr
  • Amba/Sikhandi
  • Khawlah bint al-Azwar
  • Princess Caraboo
  • Anita Garibaldi
  • Tomyris
  • Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Marjana
  • Mai Bhago
  • Hortense Mancini
  • Marie Mancini
  • Nzinga Mbande
  • Hypatia
  • Jezebel
  • Qiu Jin
  • Yoshiko Kawashima
  • Joan of Arc
  • Osh-Tisch
  • The night witches
  • Sita
  • Kharboucha
  • Marguerite de la Rocque
  • Noor Inayat Khan
  • Empress Myeongseong
  • Micaela Bastidas
  • Neerja Bhanot
  • Boudica
  • Artemisia Gentileschi
  • Wu Zetian
  • Arawelo
  • Caterina Sforza
  • Elisabeth Báthory
  • Malinche
  • Ida B. Wells
  • Phoolan Devi.
Review by Booklist Review

Once upon a time, Porath, an animator for a little company called DreamWorks Animation, joked around with his work buddies about women who would never get their own princess movies and with that, the Rejected Princesses blog was born. Like his blog, the purpose of the book is to shine a light on remarkable women of the past, regardless of whether they were remarkable for noble or horrifying reasons. More than 100 entries range from fairy tales such as the Norwegian Tatterhood, who rode a goat and fought off trolls with a wooden spoon, to historical figures like Stagecoach Mary Fields, an emancipated slave who became one of the first female U.S. postal carriers and famously fought off wolves to deliver the mail. Each entry includes a thoughtful illustration, often further explained via an Art Notes section. Porath's writing is highly entertaining but casual. (He writes, for example, that revolutionaries started the Mexican Revolution by telling President Diaz to stop being a jerk.) He lumps entries into three categories: green, yellow, or red. Moral, happy-ending-type stories are in the green category, at the beginning of the book. Stories with darker themes more appropriate to adults are in the red section, at the end. Otherwise, the entries are in no particular order, and there is no index, so this reference-y book is most suitable for browsing but very appropriate for both reference and circulating collections at high-school and public libraries.--Compton-Dzak, Emily Copyright 2016 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.