Educational and inspirational, this gift-worthy New York Times bestseller from the authors of Rad American Women A-Z, is a bold, illustrated collection of 40 biographical profiles showcasing extraordinary women from across the globe.
Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and amazing tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well-researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. The book features an array of diverse figures from 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world, 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). An additional 250 names of international rad women are also included as a reference for readers to continue their own research.
This progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women's history and belongs on the shelf of every school, library, and home. Together, these stories show the immense range of what women have done and can do. May we all have the courage to be rad!
For teachers, this book is appropriate for grades 6-8 and could be used in either Social Studies or English classes, or as part of a text for a multidisciplinary unit. It can also be used as a Common Core text for grades 6-8 Social Studies/History - CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1-10.
About the Author
KATE SCHATZ is a feminist writer, educator, editor, and the author of the 33 1/3 book Rid of Me: A Story. She is the co-founder and leader of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of feminist activist groups committed to resistance and justice.
MIRIAM KLEIN STAHL is an artist, educator, and activist. They are the author and illustrator, respectively, of Rad American Women A-Z and both live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
New York Times Bestseller
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"An international array of badass women through the ages and up to the present...[and] a happy contrast to so many Eurocentric “world” surveys."
"[R]eadily accessible to children and teens...Stahl’s cut-paper portraits provide handsome visual tributes to the women."
"This collection of energetic profiles is sure to spark discussion and encourage readers passionate about women's history and rights to do further research."
—School Library Journal
"[F]resh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success...pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits."
“Fascinating stories of women doing bold, pioneering, and meaningful things in times ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the present day. Lots to learn about in fields of science, medicine, mountain climbing, the arts, literature, and much more. Every story is eye-opening, whether the woman profiled is widely known or previously unknown outside her home country.”
—Common Sense Media
"For an excellent new book about 40 pioneering women who challenged their societies' limitations on women, we highly recommend Rad Women Worldwide for ages 10 and up."
—A Mighty Girl
"Imagine learning history right the first time, without ever having to unlearn all the lies and omissions. RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE lifts the doom—maybe this is, in fact, a wonderful time to grow up."
—Miranda July, artist, writer, and filmmaker
"This book needs to be in every school, library, and home."
—Margaret Cho, comedian
"A work of astounding beauty and urgent importance. The enthralling stories of these brave, amazing women—and the stunning illustrations that accompany them—are sure to move and inspire kids and adults alike. We all need this book: girls, boys, mothers, fathers, educators, engaged citizens—really, all of us who care about a more just and balanced world. Thank goodness I don't have to raise my daughter and son without it!"
—Novelist Carolina de Robertis, author of THE GODS OF TANGO
"How do you help young girls change the universe? Show them the women who have already done it! This beautiful book shows girls (and boys) the power and importance of each person who decides to make a difference. A celebration of smart, brave, tough, creative, kind, beautiful, hopeful, and wise women!"
–Andrea Beaty, author of Rosie Revere Engineer and Iggy Peck Architect
"Our history books are filled with incredible stories of heroes and rebels, villains and visionaries, but too often it’s men who occupy all the starring roles. RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE boldly challenges the male-dominated version of history we’ve been sold, offering us a new vision of the past that brings women out of the historical shadows. In these pages, women are made visible at every step of humanity’s journey, across continents and generations, revealing that often we, too, have dared to change the world."
—Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency founder and feminist media critic
"In past generations, a globe was an essential gift for any child, a way for her/him/them to sense the wide, round scope of the world without even having to travel. RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE is this moment's equivalent of the globe--a gift that will help every child understand the world they share with powerful women everywhere."
—Sarah Jones, Tony-Award winning performer, poet, and UNICEF ambassador
"Schatz and Stahl are a pair of 21st century Howard Zinns, making the Western canon bawl with this mindblowing, history-expanding, beautifully executed roll call of badass women past and present. Our daughters and son need this book, and so do their parents."
—Adam Mansbach, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**k to Sleep
"Wow! Like it's predecessor, Rad American Women A to Z, this wonderful book is a browser's delight. Dipping into every story, examining the blunt, bright woodcuts, brings singular pleasures. There are woman to discover and woman to rediscover. And the best part? A long list of more woman to learn about winding it up. Daring to hope there will be more Rad Women books."
—Karen Cruze, Santa Clarita Public Library
"Their second well-researched collection of gorgeously detailed paper-cut illustrations is accessible to young readers but fascinating for grown-ups, too. Rad women in this collection are humble, brilliant and theatrical. They pursue human rights as well as women's rights."
—Cheryl Krocker McKeon, manager, Book Passage, San Francisco, in Shelf Awareness