Rad women worldwide Artists and athletes, pirates and punks, and other revolutionaries who shaped history

Kate Schatz

Book - 2016

"From the authors of the New York Times bestselling book Rad American Women A-Z, comes a bold new collection of 40 biographical profiles, each accompanied by a striking illustrated portrait, showcasing extraordinary women from around the world. 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 portrait...s. 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"--

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Subjects
Genres
Biographies
Published
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press [2016]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
104 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780399578861
0399578862
Main Author
Kate Schatz (author)
Other Authors
Miriam Klein Stahl (illustrator)
  • Enheduanna, Mesopotamia
  • Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan
  • Kalpana Chawla, India
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma
  • Qui Jin, China
  • Junko Tabei, Japan
  • Fe Del Mundo, Philippines
  • Dame Katerina Te Heikōkō Mataira, New Zealand
  • Faith Bandler, Australia
  • Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft, Norway & U.S.A.
  • Miriam Makeba, South Africa
  • Wangari Maathai, Kenya
  • Kasha Jacqueline Nagabasera, Uganda
  • Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, Nigeria
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigeria
  • Hatshepsut, Egypt
  • Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, Argentina
  • Marta, Brazil
  • Quintreman sisters, Chile
  • Policarpa "La Pola" Salavarrieta, Colombia
  • Bastardilla, Colombia
  • Nanny of the Maroons, Jamaica
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexico
  • Frida Kahlo, Mexico
  • Queen Lili-uokalani, Hawaii
  • Venus and Serena Williams, U.S.A.
  • Birutė Mary Galdikis, Canada
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canada
  • Eniac programmers, U.S.A.
  • Guerrilla girls, U.S.A.
  • Grace "Granuaile" O'Malley, Ireland
  • Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, England
  • Poly Styrene, England
  • Sophie Scholl, Germany
  • Marie Curie and Irène Joliot-Curie, France
  • Josephine Baker, France
  • Maria Montessori, Italy
  • Hypatia, Egypt
  • Emma Goldman, Russia
  • The stateless.
Review by Booklist Reviews

A follow-up to Rad American Women A–Z (2015), this worldwide version is identical in format but more extensive in scope, profiling 39 boundary-busting women, including, poignantly, "The Stateless," or "the 60 million forcibly displaced people in the world, of whom almost 80 percent are women or children." There's no mistaking, or indeed faulting, the pro-feminist message of this book, which makes some of the hagiographic choices rather perplexing. (Are we really keen to have girls adopt violent pirates—the book cites two—as role models? Does Winnie Mandela deserve a nod in the appendix, which lists some 250 subjects for further study?) Still, the collection, with its stark black-and-white cut-paper illustrations, makes fascinating reading. Among the predictable (if commendable) miniprofiles—Sor Juana, Miriam Makeba—are strewn stories of other, undersung crusaders, some historical, some striving still. Readers of either gender could well find a role model in the India-born U.S. astronaut Kalpana Chawla, or in Wangari Maathai, whose Green Belt Movement in Africa resulted in the planting of more than 30 million environment-reviving trees. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this companion to the picture book Rad American Women A–Z, Schatz writes short biographies of 40 noteworthy female figures past and present; though the book is technically published for adults, the brief profiles are readily accessible to children and teens. The subjects include artists, writers, revolutionaries, musicians, scientists, and politicians: Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian woman in space; Kasha Jacqueline Nagabasera is a Ugandan LGBTQ-rights activist; Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a self-taught 17th-century scholar credited with writing "the first feminist text of the New World"; and Junko Tabei was a Japanese "housewife and mother" who became the first woman to climb the South Summit of Mt. Everest. Josephine Baker, Venus and Serena Williams, and Malala Yousafzai are among the better-known figures. As in the previous book, Stahl's cut-paper portraits provide handsome visual tributes to the women. Author's agent: Charlotte Sheedy, Charlotte Sheedy Literary. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 6 Up—Schatz and Stahl present profiles of 40 extraordinary women from around the globe. The short biographies cover each woman's life and accomplishments and the great odds they faced. Coming from many continents and different time periods, all the women are portrayed as bold and heroic. There are subjects who lived thousands of years ago, such as the ancient Mesopotamian writer Enheduanna and Hatshepsut, the first and only female king of ancient Egypt. Included also are Grace "Granuaile" O'Malley, a 16th-century Irish sea captain; Berta and Nicolasa Quintreman, sisters belonging to the Mapuche people who inspired resistance against corporate destruction of land in 1980s Chile; and Sophie Scholl, who spoke out against the Nazis. A broad array of athletes, musicians, scientists, environmentalists, political activists, artists, and more create a vast tapestry of women's achievements and contributions to their individual societies and the world as a whole. Each profile includes a striking cut-paper portrait. The ending chapter, "The Stateless," is a call-and-response investigation of how the state of displaced peoples, refugees, and asylum seekers is a feminist issue. The call-and-response format oscillates between abstract thoughts ("What does it mean to be from a place? Or to be foreign? To belong, to not belong") and more formal, statistics-based answers ("Of the 60 million forcibly displaced people…almost 80 percent are women and children."). The volume concludes with a list, ordered alphabetically by country, of 250 additional women deemed exceptional. VERDICT This collection of energetic profiles is sure to spark discussion and encourage readers passionate about women's history and rights to do further research.—Patricia Ann Owens, formerly at Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Mt. Carmel [Page 101]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Shares forty biographical profiles of female radicals, including Enheduanna, Nanny of the Maroons, and the Guerrilla Girls.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling book Rad American Women A-Z, comes a bold new collection of 40 biographical profiles, each accompanied by a striking illustrated portrait, showcasing extraordinary women from around the world, including Hatshepsut, Malala Yousafzi, Ann Bancroft and many more.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"From the authors of the New York Times bestselling book Rad American Women A-Z, comes a bold new collection of 40 biographical profiles, each accompanied by a striking illustrated portrait, showcasing extraordinary women from around the world. 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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Educational and inspirational, this gift-worthy New York Times bestseller from the authors of Rad American Women A-Z, is a bold, illustrated collection of 40 biographical profiles showcasing extraordinary women from across the globe.  Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and amazing tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well-researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. The book features an array of diverse figures from 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world, 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).  An additional 250 names of international rad women are also included as a reference for readers to continue their own research.This progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women's history and belongs on the shelf of every school, library, and home. Together, these stories show the immense range of what women have done and can do. May we all have the courage to be rad!For teachers, this book is appropriate for grades 6-8 and could be used in either Social Studies or English classes, or as part of a text for a multidisciplinary unit. It can also be used as a Common Core text for grades 6-8 Social Studies/History - CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1-10.