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Book review of The Women's History of the Modern World: How Radicals, Rebels,  and Everywomen Revolutionized the Last 200 Years by Rosalind Miles - The  Washington PostThe Women’s History of the Modern World: How Radicals, Rebels, and Everywomen Revolutionized the Last 200 Years

By: Rosalind Miles

The internationally bestselling author of Who Cooked the Last Supper? presents a wickedly witty and very current history of the extraordinary female rebels, reactionaries, and trailblazers who left their mark on history from the French Revolution up to the present day.

 Now is the time for a new women’s history—for the famous, infamous, and unsung women to get their due—from the Enlightenment to the #MeToo movement.

Recording the important milestones in the birth of the modern feminist movement and the rise of women into greater social, economic, and political power, Miles takes us through through a colorful pageant of astonishing women, from heads of state like Empress Cixi, Eugenia Charles, Indira Gandhi, Jacinda Ardern, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to political rainmakers Kate Sheppard, Carrie Chapman Catt, Anna Stout, Dorothy Height, Shirley Chisholm, Winnie Mandela, STEM powerhouses Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Rosalind Franklin, Sophia Kovalevskaya, Marie Curie, and Ada Lovelace, revolutionaries Olympe de Gouges, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Patyegarang, and writer/intellectuals Mary Wollstonecraft, Simon de Beauvoir, Elaine Morgan, and Germaine Greer. Women in the arts, women in sports, women in business, women in religion, women in politics—this is a one-stop roundup of the tremendous progress women have made in the modern era.

A testimony to how women have persisted—and excelled—this is a smart and stylish popular history for all readers.

For Ages 13-17

Amazon.com: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World (9781626728691):  Bagieu, Pénélope, Bagieu, Pénélope: BooksBrazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

By: Pénélope Bagieu

“Bagieu’s writing is sly and understated, and her panels combine impish comedy with unexpected moments of sensuousness. The women in these biographies pursue political freedom, love, artistic fulfillment, and — sometimes — the joy of their own bodies…. Any one of these stories would make a rousing picture book biography; 29 of them in one volume produces a work whose energy and wit will spur readers to get going and change the world.” — Publishers Weekly

Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit. With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known.

From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sometimes infuriating but always inspiring, and include colorful and expressive comic panels with just the right dash of humor; they’re certain to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

For Ages 9-12

Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women: Harness, Cheryl, Harness,  Cheryl: 9780064438698: Amazon.com: BooksRemember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women

By: Cheryl Harness

In a 1776 letter cautioning her husband to “remember the ladies,” Abigail Adams made one of the earliest pleas for women’s rights in America. How could she have known, in the years to follow, just how many strong and independent women would step forward to forge new paths in their fight for equality?
From Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman to the less well-known but equally important Belva Lockwood and Maya Ying Lin, Remember the Ladies spans the centuries to provide an engaging look at one hundred outstanding women who have helped shape our great nation.

For Ages 6-8

My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?: Fosberry,  Jennifer, Litwin, Mike: 8601200482898: Amazon.com: Books

My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?

By: Jennifer Fosberry and Illustrated by: Mike Litwin

“This story…speaks frankly about self-identity and self affirmation as Isabella decides at the end that she is actually herself…because she possesses the best parts of all of the women she looks up to.” — ForeWord Magazine

“The colorful mixed-media artwork reinforces the fanciful, upbeat tone of the book. Use this story to ignite young readers’ interest in women’s history.” — School Library Journal

Who Is Your Hero?

Isabella’s include astronaut Sally Ride, activist Rosa Parks, scientist Marie Curie, sharpshooter Annie Oakley and, of course, her own mommy! Join Isabella on an adventure of discovery – and find out how imagining to be these extraordinary women teaches her the importance of being her extraordinary self.

A rollicking read-aloud and terrific “read-to-myself” story, Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? Ask Isabella…She takes a wild ride-and discovers the sky’s the limit!

Isabella’s story continues in Isabella Girl on the Go as she uses her imagination to explore famous sites around the world and Isabella: Star of the Story as she imagines herself in the starring role of beloved stories.