Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit. Against overwhelming adversity, these remarkable women raised their voices and changed history.With her one-of-a-kind wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some wor...

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Title:Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
Author:Pénélope Bagieu
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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World Reviews

  • emma

    my skin is clear. my gpa is up. spring has come early. i'm hydrated. i have been cured of my nearsightedness.

    i could not have d r e a m e d up a more perfect book.

    this book contains: trans women, gay women, bi women, straight women, pan women, black women, asian women, native american women, middle eastern women, white women, autistic women, disabled women. there are living women and dead women and women who are so dead that it's like, maybe she was born around the year 350? there are women i'v

    my skin is clear. my gpa is up. spring has come early. i'm hydrated. i have been cured of my nearsightedness.

    i could not have d r e a m e d up a more perfect book.

    this book contains: trans women, gay women, bi women, straight women, pan women, black women, asian women, native american women, middle eastern women, white women, autistic women, disabled women. there are living women and dead women and women who are so dead that it's like, maybe she was born around the year 350? there are women i've heard of and women i've long obsessed over and women i'd never heard of because SOCIETY IS UNJUST.

    the art is beautiful, whether it's the comic-style panels that make up most of the book or the two-page spreads at the end of every entry, all of which i want to Frame And Hang But Also Print On The Backs Of My Eyelids.

    i've been struggling to read a bit this month. i read 20 books last month, and 28 the month before, and as of today (March 5) i hadn't finished one yet in March. (oh how unbelievable. oh the suffering. oh is there no humanity.) i kind of forced myself through a short book today, but no book could catch my attention. i opened the Fierce Reads package containing this yesterday, and must have kept it in the back of my mind since, because i picked it up today without thinking. and didn't put it down. through dinner or cleaning or cookie-baking or anything else.

    i needed this book in childhood, and i needed it as a teenager, and i need it now and i'll continue to need it forever. i know absolutely that i'll return to this book always.

    this is going on my all-time favorites list. this is a book that i will recommend to all women, and all men, and all people of all genders because it is so important and beautiful and necessary.

    as i finished this book, i got choked up. because it's over, and because it is such a gift.

    at the end, Pénélope Bagieu includes a list of 30 more badass women, and oh my god if this world is worthy of loving Bagieu will write a book for them, too.

    bottom line: maybe i will come back and write more later, because i have the feeling i will never be done talking about this book.

  • Shortcake

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    It's filled with stories about incredible women who stood against all odds and shaped our history. They are intelligent, strong, brave, kind, fierce, beautiful and independent, every one of them!

    I don't really know what to say, except that this book is so important, not to mention BEAUTIFUL, and I think it's amazing that each woman who's story is told can be related to by girls all over the world. Each is a role model and all are phenomenal.

    Some of my fav

    ♀︎♀︎♀︎♀︎

    It's filled with stories about incredible women who stood against all odds and shaped our history. They are intelligent, strong, brave, kind, fierce, beautiful and independent, every one of them!

    I don't really know what to say, except that this book is so important, not to mention BEAUTIFUL, and I think it's amazing that each woman who's story is told can be related to by girls all over the world. Each is a role model and all are phenomenal.

    Some of my favorite people and stories were

    I HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR THIS AUTHOR. The artwork is incredible. She is incredible. (Her author photo is really cool!) I'm just in love.

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    If you're wanting to read the best thing ever, LOOK HERE. RTC <3

  • Lola

    If you care about feminism and innovation at all, I urge you to read this one of a kind graphic biography ASAP.

    Do not deny your mind a much needed introduction to glorious women who have helped change the world for the better in a many unforgettable ways.

    Although there are thirty short biographies, including the author’s, I was only familiar with Josephine Baker and Peggy Guggenheim and even then I learned information about them that I never stumbled across in the past.

    This means that this was a

    If you care about feminism and innovation at all, I urge you to read this one of a kind graphic biography ASAP.

    Do not deny your mind a much needed introduction to glorious women who have helped change the world for the better in a many unforgettable ways.

    Although there are thirty short biographies, including the author’s, I was only familiar with Josephine Baker and Peggy Guggenheim and even then I learned information about them that I never stumbled across in the past.

    This means that this was a surprising read for me. I was indeed expecting to sleep a little more educated tonight, but I dreaded that the reading experience would feel disconnected, since so many women are featured. But all of these women having something in common: they persisted and challenged both society and themselves. Their stories then intertwine in beautiful ways while remaining unique.

    It both motivated me to follow my own dreams and made me angry for all these women because of all they had to overcome in order to even get to the starting line of their dreams, let alone the finish line. None of them were treated with the respect they deserved, and all of them were judged, lied to, undermined and underestimated. And yet, they didn't just… give up on their dreams and callings.

    This is a necessary read.

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  • Kassie

    I loved the art and I loved (most) of the stories! There were quite a few of them that made me tear up with pride that these women are a part of history, only wishing that more people knew their stories

  • Roz

    I don't have anything bad to say about this. I loved the illustrations, the colors.. oh and the stories about the ladies who rocked the world.

  • Colleen Fauchelle

    There are alot of these sorts of books around at the moment, I have two other ones on my shelf to read. I like them because you get to learn about people you would have otherwise not thought about. I like reading about others and can easily get lost in wickipedia reading about how people lived and died.

    I liked the set out of this book, it is in comic form and gives 2-3 pages of each woman and a full page picture of them in a scene of their life. I didn't know that Margaret Hamilton, who played

    There are alot of these sorts of books around at the moment, I have two other ones on my shelf to read. I like them because you get to learn about people you would have otherwise not thought about. I like reading about others and can easily get lost in wickipedia reading about how people lived and died.

    I liked the set out of this book, it is in comic form and gives 2-3 pages of each woman and a full page picture of them in a scene of their life. I didn't know that Margaret Hamilton, who played the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz got burnt while filming the movie.

    There is a story about Giorgina Reid who in retirement helped save a lighthouse from sinking into the sea.

    There are woman who have to find the courage to stand up and be counted in changing things.

    I think these books show we are all important and we all count and so do our lives, we can do small things that add up to big things. That through courage and belief in ourselves, and passion in whatever area that is we can make a difference in our little corner of the world. It will take our time and it will be hard at times but if we enjoy what we are doing it will be all worth it in the end.

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

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    There are a lot of fun graphic novels about feminism coming out lately, like

    and

    . I think this is great because graphic novels are a medium that are accessible to a wide range of ages (kids and adults), which makes them an excellent resource for classrooms and libraries. In terms of maturity levels, though, BRAZEN (as befitting its name), definitely seems l

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    There are a lot of fun graphic novels about feminism coming out lately, like

    and

    . I think this is great because graphic novels are a medium that are accessible to a wide range of ages (kids and adults), which makes them an excellent resource for classrooms and libraries. In terms of maturity levels, though, BRAZEN (as befitting its name), definitely seems like it's intended for older audiences, with depictions of nudity and some violence.

    One of the best things about BRAZEN is how inclusive it is compared to the other two books of this type I was privileged enough to read. Both of the two former titles I mentioned included women of color, but I would say that a significant portion of the women represented in BRAZEN were not white. One of them was transgender and several were LGBT+.

    When you do books like these, there is bound to be overlap with other similar titles, but I felt like Pénélope Bagieu went the extra mile to think about women who might not ordinarily be represented. Some of my favorites were Betty Davis (the singer and wife to Miles Davis - when I Googled her, Google asked me if I meant "Bette Davis," which I found upsetting), the singer who was ahead of her time and vastly underappreciated. There was

    , whose effectiveness in medicine caused the law against women practicing medicine to be revoked in Ancient Greece. And there was Frances Glessner Lee, whose inclusion here delighted me because Vox recently did a video about the forensic dollhouses she built called "

    ."

    I liked the vast majority of these stories but some of them were depressing, like the story of

    , or the

    . Those were thankfully few and far between, because it's sad to think about death being the endgame for exploring your dreams and passions and fighting for your rights, even though that is sometimes (sadly - and far, far too often) the case.

    I'm giving this three stars because I wasn't a huge fan of the art style. The colors were interesting and I liked how the splash panels at the end of the chapters managed to pay homage to the women's personalities, achievements, and culture in the aggregate, but the bright colors and small font made it very difficult to read these comics. Also, there was this weird font that looked kind of like size 6 Arial in the panels for dialogue and descriptions which was at odds with the more detailed and elaborate font used

    the panels, and again, also made it very difficult to read.

    If, however, you're interested in learning about some cool ladies (and are a fan of bright colors), this book is for you! I can see this being a great tool for classrooms and libraries as it inspires further research.

    3 stars

  • Cam (abookeater)

    BRAZEN is a graphic novel I would have loved to have read when I was little. In school we're surrounded by male authority figures and rarely do we here in depth biographies of amazing women through out history.

    This graphic novels gives us hundreds of pages, beautifully illustrated, of ladies who've kicked history's behind. I want every little girl out there; trans little girls, cis little girls, brown little g

    BRAZEN is a graphic novel I would have loved to have read when I was little. In school we're surrounded by male authority figures and rarely do we here in depth biographies of amazing women through out history.

    This graphic novels gives us hundreds of pages, beautifully illustrated, of ladies who've kicked history's behind. I want every little girl out there; trans little girls, cis little girls, brown little girls, black little girls, all little girls to have a copy of these so they too can see that women make history and sometimes (most of the time) more boldly than men.

  • First Second Books

    With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of formidable female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison, or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, their stories are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

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