Rad American Woman A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History … and Our Future! by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

Ok, this one is a children’s book for ages 8-16. I still read it because I thought that made it even more interesting. I do love a good anthology of women’s accomplishments. It just drives me nuts that it has taken so long and women are so slowly getting the credit they’ve deserved in so many fields. Many still don’t. But I’ll get off my soapbox a minute.

This was a great book that really made me wish I had an 8 year old to share it with. Some days I almost feel bad for how much my son is going to have to listen about all the great women he’s not getting taught about in school except maybe one month a year. Almost.

While all the women who were mentioned were amazing, my favorite letter was X. X was “for the women whose voices weren’t heard”, “for the radical histories that didn’t get recorded”, and “for all we don’t know about the past, but X is also for the future.” I know that not everyone believes that women have been helping out and discovering things for as long as the species has been alive, but books like this should make them give the idea a second look. This is far from the only book to bring up women who’s accomplishments are overlooked or just not a part of the education machine. Another one that I read and loved that was for adults was Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World.

Some things that I truly loved was that this was a diverse group of women who had a diverse set of accomplishments in many many fields. Each woman got one page that gave a synopsis of her life and/or accomplishment and another full page illustration. The book ends with a list of more books about Rad Women, more books about the women specifically mentioned in it, websites that focus on women’s issues or accomplishments, and (my favorite) 26 Things That You Can Do To Be Rad!

This last list was great. I took a picture of it for my own reminder.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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