Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World (Hardcover)

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By Mackenzi Lee, Ms. Petra Eriksson (Illustrator)
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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


Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these historic female pioneers. Starting in the fifth century BC and continuing to the present, the book takes a closer look at bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside the traditional gender roles of their time. Coupled with riveting illustrations and Lee’s humorous and conversational storytelling style, this book is an outright celebration of the badass women who paved the way for the rest of us.

About the Author

Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Simmons College. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, which was awarded a 2018 Stonewall Book Award Honor. She is also the author of Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Women Who Changed to World. Lee currently works at an independent bookstore in Salt Lake City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419729256
ISBN-10: 141972925X
Publisher: Abrams Image
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
Pages: 176
Language: English