Reviewed by Rethinking Schools
From the authors of Rad American Women A-Z, Rad Women Worldwide has a similarly defiant and playful approach, featuring a few women students may have heard of, but mostly introducing little-known “rad” women who are “passionate, purposeful, and totally powerful.” It’s hard not to fall in love with women like Sophie Scholl, who defied the Nazis through the propaganda campaigns of the White Rose, distributing leaflets, stenciling graffiti—“Down with Hitler” and “Freedom!” Or anarchist Emma Goldman, whose illegal advocacy of birth control and feminism, labor solidarity, and opposition to the military draft during World War I led to her deportation. Continue reading.
Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz
Published by Ten Speed Press on 2016
Genres: Activism, African American, Art, Europe, Girls and Women, Labor, Muslim, Peace, Public Policy, Science, Sports, U.S. History, War, World History
Reading Level: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
Review Source: Rethinking Schools
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Publisher's Synopsis: 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. Contents: Enheduanna (Mesopotamia)Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan)Kalpana Chawla (India)Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma)Qiu Jin (China)Junko Tabei (Japan)Fe Del Mundo (Philippines)Dame Katerina Te Heikōkō Mataira (New Zealand)Faith Bandler (Australia)Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (Norway & U.S.A.)Miriam Makeba (South Africa)Wangari Maathai (Kenya)Kasha Jacqueline Nagabasera (Uganda)Funmilayo Ransome Kuti (Nigeria)Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)Hatshepsut (Egypt)Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (Argentina)Marta (Brazil)Quintreman Sisters (Chile)Policarpa "La Pola" Salavarrieta (Colombia)Bastardilla (Colombia)Nanny of the Maroons (Jamaica)Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (Mexico)Frida Kahlo (Mexico)Queen Lili'uokalani (Hawaii)Venus and Serena Williams (U.S.A.)Birute Mary Galdikis (Canada)Buffy Sainte-Marie (Canada)ENIAC Programmers (U.S.A.)Guerrilla Girls (U.S.A.)Grace "Granuaile" O'Malley (Ireland)Princess Sophia Duleep Singh (England)Poly Styrene (England)Sophie Scholl (Germany)Marie Curie and Irene Joliot-Curie (France)Josephine Baker (France)Maria Montessori (Italy)Hypatia (Egypt)Emma Goldman (Russia)The Stateless