Based on her weekly Twitter series, Mackenzi Lee's Bygone Badass Broads is a must read for all aspiring feminist herstory buffs. The book features 52 "Forgotten Women" who changed the world as we know it. If your mother also read Women's History stories to you at night, they may not be as unfamiliar. These (slightly) irreverent stories will make you laugh and cry, and they all celebrate a rich Women's History.
Highlighting women like Edith Garrud, the British Jujitsu Suffragette, the book is entertaining as well as educational. Because really, who knew that this tiny English woman taught suffragettes to defend themselves against police brutality using martial arts?
The stories span our written history, going as far back as Agnodice, the first (cross-dressing) female doctor in Rome, to a couple of modern day women like playwright Lorraine Hansberry.
While there are some better known historical figures like Pharoah Hatshepsut, Madam CJ Walker, and Fannie Farmer, the book largely focuses on admirable women who history has seemingly forgotten.
This book is the perfect gift for anyone who likes to read to their children at bedtime, and is essential to any well rounded library.— Katelyn Derderian