This is something I have known for a very long time but it can sometimes be difficult to persuade small boys and also many adults that this is a statement of fact (see Donald Trump for more information).
Fortunately there are two new books out that can help educate the misinformed. The brilliantly titled Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst (and yes she IS actually a descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst)
The women in this book didn’t set out to be thought of as ‘great’. They achieved extraordinary things simply by following their hearts, talents and dreams. They didn’t listen when people said they couldn’t do something. They dared to be different. And some of them couldn’t resist a crazy adventure, or three.
Wonder Women by Sam Maggs and illustrated by Sophia Foster-Dimino is an amazing collection of 25 biographies of wonderful women from around the world and back through time. Five phenomenal chapters detailing Women of Science, Women of Medicine, Women of Espionage, Women of Innovation and Women of Adventure show that although it may have been a man’s world, women have been at the forefront of the action, discoveries and adventure even though their contributions have, at times, been overwritten by patriarchal society.
Written in a humorous and engaging style Wonder Women is perfect for dipping in and out of for interest and education and is also gripping and interesting enough to read from beginning to end with no drop of interest.
Both of these books should be in all Libraries and possibly, if the publishers read this sent to Donald Trump to help educate him and expand his sadly limited world-view.