I recently read Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen and was naturally craving for more when I came across this equally fantastic collection of extraordinary women.
Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.
Initially I went in a bit worried that this would have the same set of women as in the aforementioned collection, but I needn’t have worried because Good Night Stories features a brand new exciting and enlightening group of women to the table (save for a few classics, of course).
And I just have to say that my heart soars every time I learn of books similar to this one that shine light on groups of courageous and inventive women. Plus, the illustrations are hypnotic and ethereal. Speaking of which, here are some of my favorite ladies I loved to learn about:
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (1959–): President and Scientist.Amna Al Haddad (1989–): Weightlifter.Ann Makosinski (1997–): Inventor.Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002): Writer.Lindgren has written some of my favorite childhood tales, so I was beyond ecstatic to read about her in here!!
Coy Mathis (2007–): Elementary School Student.
It warmed my heart to see a transgender girl represented in Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. It made the book that more accessible.
Eufrosina Cruz (1979–): Activist and Politician.The above quote speaks volumes to me.
Frida Kahlo (1907–1954): Painter.
Grace O’Malley (c. 1530–1603): Pirate.
Hatshepsut (1507–1458 BC): Pharaoh.
Jane Goodall (1934–): Primatologist.
Maud Stevens Wagner (1877–1961): Tattoo Artist.I can’t stop staring at the detailed beauty of the above piece, especially once compared to the real picture:
This diverse collection of women — from different backgrounds, religions, disabilities, ethnicities, sexualities — was as inspiring as it gets. And not only was their courage and strength legendary, but I found their worldview on life and all its aspects to be very illuminating and comforting.
Bottom line: This is the quality content I’m here for in feminist collections.