The women mentioned in this book really are wonderful. I’d heard of some from other books, episodes of TV shows they were randomly mentioned in, or used as an exclamation in Lumberjanes, but there were plenty of totally new names for me too. Aside from the 25 women it claims to mention on the cover, it actually has many more. There are 25 women featured with a few pages devoted to them, but there are also a few women mentioned in a short paragraph at the end of each section in addition to those featured.
Now, I’m the kind of person who is going to enjoy an anthology of amazing women given their due no matter what, but Maggs does have a special flare to her story telling style. Her sass is just so much fun. It was great how diverse the book was in the world of women too, including transwomen, lesbians, and women from different parts of the world.
I have my hardcover pictured, but I did listen to the audiobook from my library because I never get a chance to sit down and enjoy a physical book anymore. The audiobook is narrated by Jodelle Ferland who brought a lot to it too. The illustrations of the hardcover are adorable. Each featured woman had an illustration that had a little something about what their accomplishments were. As mentioned in the introduction, these women need to be included in history classes, not just women’s studies or any other segregated heritage study is offered.
If you’re looking for some great women of herstory, this is a great book, especially if you love sass as much as I do. Add it to Goodreads for later, like Women’s History Month next March!