Title: Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World
Authors: Mackenzi Lee (Goodreads Author), Petra Eriksson (Illustrations)
Publisher: Abrams Books
Publish Date: February 27, 2018
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads
features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over
the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty
storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these
historic female pioneers. Starting in the fifth century BC and
continuing to the present, the book takes a closer look at bold and
inspiring women who dared to step outside the traditional gender roles
of their time. Coupled with riveting illustrations and Lee’s humorous
and conversational storytelling style, this book is an outright
celebration of the badass women who paved the way for the rest of us."
My Two Cents:
Here's another great pick for Women's History Month: "Bygone Badass Broads." Not only does this book have a fabulous title but it has a great premise. Author Mackenzi Lee started a feature on Twitter to talk about all of these fantastic women from history that many don't know much (or anything!!!) about. History unfortunately has focused on white men. Lee is trying to get the stories of the amazing women that came before us out into the world and this book helps her do that!
I love history but am always very frustrated how one-sided it is. There are so many people out there that did wonderful things but because of what they were or who they were, we know very little about them and you won't find them in a standard history class. It's sad but luckily there are books like this one that want to change that. This book covers the gamut of politicians, inventors, rabble rousers, and many more who contributed something awesome to this world we live in.
Lee doesn't give us a boring account of facts and figures. No, she gives readers thoroughly entertaining and memorable stories. I found myself wondering over and over again about why the women in this book weren't more well known. I also found myself appreciating that there are people out there who want to spread the word about them!