Book Review– Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz


Note: I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, influenced my opinion on this book.

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre(s): Nonfiction, feminism

Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] 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.


  • Featured a large variety of women from all around the world
  • Illustrations that didn’t try to portray these women as something they weren’t
  • A wide-spread of accomplishments showing that women really can do anything
  • Focused on the positive things, while also being honest about their struggles
  • Short blurbs, but enough information to do each woman justice


  • I really want to read something on Sally Ride in one of these books

My Thoughts: I’m always looking for new books to add to my daughter’s future library– especially books with strong female role models. This book fits in with the theme perfectly. From Ancient Egyptian scholars to today’s professional athletes and activists, this book really covered the basis. There were names I recognized, but there were so many more that I did not. And the illustrations really made these women come to life right on the page. I can definitely see this being used for history reports in our future!



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