Review: Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen

“Everything we’ve gained has been hard-won by a woman who was willing to be bad in the best sense of the word.”

This book is a noteworthy collection about 100 remarkable women who changed the world, featuring spectacular watercolors illustrations for each and everyone. I did go in a bit hesitant since I’ve tried my hand at similar collections to this one, such as Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath, but they untimely failed in capturing my interest because of the length of the essays that read like Wikipedia entries i.e. with little to no life sparkled throughout. Thankfully, though, that was not the case with Bad Girls Throughout History. This was exactly the kind of book I’ve been looking for: short and concise essays on each historical figure, along with splendidly eye-catching illustrations.

Presenting a broad world of women coming from all eras, countries, backgrounds, races, and ethnicities, this collection left me wanting to educate myself more and more on these spectacular women. Like the author said best, “The short essays are meant to whet your appetite for exploring more on your own.”

Plus, I not only got enlightened on so many topics, but I had a lot of fun while doing so–which isn’t really a common feeling for me with these kind of collections. Needless to say, Bad Girls Throughout History captured a piece of my heart.

So I’d like to share next some of the badass ladies I loved to love:

Billie Holiday (1915–1959):Bad Girls Throughout History 10-- bookspoils
Edith Head (1897–1981):
Bad Girls Throughout History 1-- bookspoilsAnna May Wong (1905–1961):Bad Girls Throughout History 2-- bookspoilsCoretta Scott King (1927–2006):Bad Girls Throughout History 4-- bookspoilsMaya Angelou (1928–2014):Bad Girls Throughout History 5-- bookspoilsRuth Bader Ginsburg (1933–): Bad Girls Throughout History 6-- bookspoilsDolly Parton (1946–): Bad Girls Throughout History 7-- bookspoilsOprah Winfrey (1954–):Bad Girls Throughout History 8-- bookspoilsJosephine Baker (1906–1975):Bad Girls Throughout History 3-- bookspoilsBaker’s life from showgirl, activist, and spy to mother of twelve adopted children left my head spinning in amazement. And my heart swelling with gratitude.

Malala Yousafzai (1997–): Bad Girls Throughout History 9-- bookspoils

To conclude: If you’re looking for a cohesive, impactful, and quick read about powerful women whose actions have “been both persecuted and celebrated,” I’d wholeheartedly recommend you give this collection a go.


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