International Women’s Day 2018: Amazing Women and Little Leaders
Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate the achievements of women throughout history and across the globe, I decided to combine these two reviews into one fun and informative post, shining a light on inspirational women who are vastly underappreciated.
Amazing Women: 101 Lives to Inspire You by Lucy Beevor
The thing I like most about Amazing Women: 101 Lives to Inspire You is that it doesn’t shy away from featuring controversial women. Margaret Thatcher, Germaine Greer and Aung Sang Suu Kyi are the names which instantly spring to mind: three women who have achieved brilliant and notable things, but have proven that they aren’t perfect.
It’s important to recognise their achievements while refusing to erase the troublesome things they’ve done, and although Beevor doesn’t dive into those (this is a book for children, after all), she subtly hints towards their unsavoury actions. This will encourage children to do their own research into the historical figures featured and ask questions about them, which will teach parents a thing or two!
Although this book is aimed at children, there were names featured which I had never encountered before. If my geography teacher had taught me how Inge Lehmann discovered that there were both solid and molten cores in the Earth’s centre, I would have been far more interested in learning about the geological construction of the planet!
As well as featuring women who altered the course of history, including Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks and Edith Cavell, modern idols such as Zoe Sugg, Lady Gaga and Beyonce are also showcased in Amazing Women. This means that it perfectly balances being educational and being entertaining: it doesn’t preach, and shows that you can appreciate a wide range of women without dismissing those who have achieved less revolutionary things.
If you’re interested in learning more about Amazing Women: 101 Lives to Inspire You, check it out on Goodreads. If you decide to buy a copy, please consider using my Amazon affiliate link: I’ll earn a few pennies from your purchase. Thank you!
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Because I accessed Little Leaders through NetGalley, it was hard to truly appreciate the beauty of the illustrations featured throughout. However, even though I couldn’t truly embrace every aspect of the book, it was impossible to give Little Leaders anything less than five stars.
Featuring 40 women who achieved greatness despite the odds being stacked against them (and shouting out to a handful of other inspirational figures), Little Leaders provides more detailed biographies than Amazing Women. However, as a lot of the same women appear in both, the titles complement each other perfectly and work wonderfully together.
Throughout history, women’s achievements have often been attributed to the men closest to them, and that’s always been more difficult for black women to reclaim. It’s brilliant to see credit given where it is due, allowing children to see people like them represented in positive positions where they’ve literally managed to change the world.
No matter how old you are, I’d recommend giving Little Leaders a read. I guarantee that you’ll discover something you didn’t know previously, and you’ll wonder how you don’t recognise some of the most inspirational names in this collection.
If you’re interested in learning more about Little Leaders, check it out on Goodreads. If you decide to buy a copy, please consider using my Amazon affiliate link: I’ll earn a few pennies from your purchase. Thank you!
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Charlie from Little Tiger for sending me a copy of Amazing Women, and to Puffin for allowing me to access Little Leaders via NetGalley. I loved both titles so much, and I’ll definitely be recommending them to all of the little people in my life!