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Rad Women Worldwide

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Rad Women Worldwide

Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History
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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.)
Birutė 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

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.)
Birutė 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

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  • From the book Frida Kahlo
    July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954 (Coyoacán, Mexico)

    "I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint."

    It seems like everyone today knows who Frida Kahlo is, but that wasn't always the case. Like so many women artists throughout history, Frida didn't gain the recognition she deserved until many years after her death. When she died in 1954, the New York Times obituary headline read "Frida Kahlo, Artist, Diego Rivera's Wife." This was how she was known for a long time: as the strange wife of famous muralist Diego Rivera. She's now considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

    Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón was born just before the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution. She lived in La Casa Azul, a small house that her father painted blue. When she was six she came down with polio, which left her right leg permanently disfigured. To help it heal, her father encouraged her to exercise and play sports, but she always had a prominent limp.

    Frida didn't plan to be an artist—she wanted to be a doctor, and she studied medicine at one of Mexico's finest schools. Everything changed when she was in a bus accident at age 18. She was severely injured and spent months in a full-body cast. Isolated and in pain, she began to paint. Her mother made her an easel she could use while lying down, and her father shared his oil paints. She experimented with bright colors that reminded her of traditional Mexican folk art. The small self-portraits that she created helped her process her traumatic accident.

    Frida eventually showed four of her pieces to the artist Diego Rivera, whom she adored. "You've got talent," he told her, and it was true. Her paintings were deeply personal, yet they combined elements of Mexican art, classical European painting, and newer Surrealist works. She and Diego eventually married and became part of a thriving Mexican art scene. It was a male-dominated scene but Frida also encountered women like singer Chavela Vargas, muralist Fanny Rabel, and photographer Lola Alvarez Bravo (the first and only person to exhibit Frida's paintings in Mexico during her lifetime).

    Frida remained relatively obscure until the 1980s, when a biography about her got people's attention. Feminist and Latina artists began to celebrate her work, and she became a cultural icon, now more well known than Diego. Frida's life was painful, and she created over 140 paintings that reflected it. Unlike many other artists at the time, Frida didn't paint landscapes or abstract shapes: she painted her real, pained self. She celebrated her flaws, her fears, her country, and her desires and she did it beautifully.
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  • 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.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 4, 2016
    In this companion to the picture book Rad American Women A–Z, Schatz writes short biographies of 40 noteworthy female figures past and present; though the book is technically published for adults, the brief profiles are readily accessible to children and teens. The subjects include artists, writers, revolutionaries, musicians, scientists, and politicians: Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian woman in space; Kasha Jacqueline Nagabasera is a Ugandan LGBTQ-rights activist; Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a self-taught 17th-century scholar credited with writing “the first feminist text of the New World”; and Junko Tabei was a Japanese “housewife and mother” who became the first woman to climb the South Summit of Mt. Everest. Josephine Baker, Venus and Serena Williams, and Malala Yousafzai are among the better-known figures. As in the previous book, Stahl’s cut-paper portraits provide handsome visual tributes to the women. Author’s agent: Charlotte Sheedy, Charlotte Sheedy Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House.

  • Miranda July, artist, writer, and filmmaker "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."
  • Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency founder and feminist media critic "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."
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