“Women can write programs, launch rockets, fly airplanes, cure illness, prove theorems, name planets, win battles, climb mountains, build robots, break records, start movements, and keep fighting.”
This has to be one of the best books I’ve read that features a bunch of cool people, in this case, kickass women that should be celebrated more. Some of these women I knew of before through other woman-based information anthologies I’ve read (Bessie Coleman, Noor Inayat Khan) and unfortunately many more I had never heard of before this book (Mary Sherman Morgan, Huang Daopo, Elvira Chaudoir). I found all of their stories to be fascinating and amazing, and I loved how several of the sections had Q&As with current women working in science, math, and more. It even had links in the back of the book to help encourage women to be more involved in areas that they find interesting and how to succeed.
But what really endeared me to this book so much was the humor. This book has a dry, witty humor scatttered with puns and pop-culture references that help make it fly by. The jokes throughout the sections helped keep me from a rage blackout due to the MANY MANY cases of these women’s accomplishments being stolen by men. (Shocker. We’re all shocked here. So shocked.)
The illustrations, by Sophia Foster-Dimino, were also fantastic, and did a great job of capturing the spirit of these women and the unbelievably cool things they did.
I feel like I keep stating the obvious in this review, and I guess part of that is because I’m still amazed (and not in a good way) that we have to still push to tell these women’s stories. These women have accomplished such amazing things, through persecution and prejudice and racism and sexism and just a whole bunch of assholery, and it should be common sense for everyone to want to know about them and praise their works. And yet still many of them are forgotten. It’s wrong.
I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone. Because everyone should know more about these great women and the cool shit they did. Give this book to your friends, your parents, your kids, or even just someone who needs to know that cool women are out there, kicking ass and taking names throughout history regardless of what they faced. It’s a good thought to have.