One of the subthemes we are covering under our Warrior Woman reading theme (see widget below) is feminism. This book highlights “50 Feminists Who Changed The World” and yes, they are all worth knowing.
Written by Laura Barcella
Published by Zest Books (2016)
ISBN: 193697696X (ISBN13: 9781936976966). Bought a copy of the book. Book photos taken by me.
I bought this book during my very first Big Bad Wolf (BBW) Book Fair in Malaysia in 2017 (see my loot here). I thought it seemed fitting to bring it as my companion book, December of last year, when we returned again to Malaysia for another BBW Book Fair. It comforts me that I am gradually getting around to reading the books I acquired from all my book hunting expeditions.
I also brought this book to Manila when we spent Christmas there and stayed for a few days. Naturally, I had to have a photo-op with my best girlfriends who do not just know how to fight like a girl, but invented the very art and science of doing it.
As the title of the book says, there are 50 females highlighted in this collection. Expectedly, most of the women presented are coming from the US, but there was a somewhat cursory attempt to include women coming from Jamaica and Japan, just to cite a few.
Throughout the narrative, Barcella’s voice is pervasive. The tone is conversational, engaging, and deliberately light-hearted, with clear efforts to not take itself too seriously. There is a self-consciousness in being free-spirited that it sometimes borders on flippant. However, it is filled with enough substantive tidbits that make each woman appear full-bodied, complex, and real – rather than mere portraits or caricatures.
I was especially taken by the first few biographies, that it inspired me to create the posters that I am sharing here – and which I am also sharing on a daily basis on our Facebook Page. After reading the powerful quotes included in this book, I thought that it would be a lovely idea to share one quote a day from a powerful woman on our FB page.
The narrative also touches on the intersectionality of race, gender, and class – as it explores the nuances of oppression, history of persecution, or what it means to be female.
While I may not totally agree with some of Barcella’s side notes or commentaries, I feel that it is irrelevant in the larger scheme of things. This is her book, after all, and the way she narrated it – while may be off putting for some – remains distinct, unapologetic, and is genuinely within the spirit of celebrating the lives of these fierce women who have changed history, in one way or another. This may serve as a good primer for females who are beginning to gradually define for themselves what it means to be a feminist.
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