History Vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know

History Vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know

Rebels, rulers, scientists, artists, warriors and villainsWomen are, and have always been, all these things and more.Looking through the ages and across the globe, Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, along with Ebony Adams PHD, have reclaimed the stories of twenty-five remarkable women who dared to defy history and change the world around them. From Mongolian...

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Title:History Vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know
Author:Anita Sarkeesian
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History Vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know Reviews

  • Devann

    Probably one of the best of these 'forgotten ladies of history' books that I've read, and I've read a lot of them! That being said, maybe only about 30-40% of the women featured here were completely new to me, but a lot of them still had new information and the portraits were absolutely gorgeous as well.

    What I liked in particular about this book was that the author was not afraid to say that women can do things wrong. Most of these books try to twist the women's every action into being somethin

    Probably one of the best of these 'forgotten ladies of history' books that I've read, and I've read a lot of them! That being said, maybe only about 30-40% of the women featured here were completely new to me, but a lot of them still had new information and the portraits were absolutely gorgeous as well.

    What I liked in particular about this book was that the author was not afraid to say that women can do things wrong. Most of these books try to twist the women's every action into being something feminist just because she chose to do it, even if it hurt other women in the process. For example, I'm always a bit wary when Margaret Thatcher is included in a book like this, but here there was actual in-depth discussion about how she might have paved the way for women to be heads of state, but she had horrible policies that hurt a lot of women, lgbt+ people, and non-white people.

    I think this is one of my favorite quotes from the book that deals with this topic:

    It is definitely a very well researched book that includes a lot of women from different time periods and backgrounds and I hope they do another one in the future.

  • R

    This was a very well written, well researched, beautifully illustrated book that highlighted twenty five remarkable women who were certainly defiant, but they were also women that made history with their dynamic exploits, especially in times when submissiveness was the norm. They defied the odds and made a name for themselves, and now thanks to the authors, their names and place in history will no longer be silent or ignored.

    This is the type of book that should be in classrooms (14-18 age group

    This was a very well written, well researched, beautifully illustrated book that highlighted twenty five remarkable women who were certainly defiant, but they were also women that made history with their dynamic exploits, especially in times when submissiveness was the norm. They defied the odds and made a name for themselves, and now thanks to the authors, their names and place in history will no longer be silent or ignored.

    This is the type of book that should be in classrooms (14-18 age group) and prominently showcased, especially during the celebration of Women’s History month in March. These women have earned that right.

    Very highly recommended!

  • Julia

    4.5 stars. I think this is a good starting place for learning about these awesome women. It didn't go into much depth on any of them- understandable with the format, and it could feel a bit preachy sometimes, but overall, pretty good.

    I'm glad they included a villain section bc when I first got it and was flipping through, I saw the section on Margaret Thatcher and was just like, oh no...

  • Crystal

    A thoroughly enjoyable and very interesting addition to the plethora of books about notable women of history that have been published recently. There were multiple women featured in this book that I did not know about before, and found fascinating--rebels. athletes. artists. politicians. I was in awe of so many of their accomplishments, and the courage it must have taken to achieve them. My only complaint about the book is small--while the pencil drawings for each woman were absolutely gorgeous,

    A thoroughly enjoyable and very interesting addition to the plethora of books about notable women of history that have been published recently. There were multiple women featured in this book that I did not know about before, and found fascinating--rebels. athletes. artists. politicians. I was in awe of so many of their accomplishments, and the courage it must have taken to achieve them. My only complaint about the book is small--while the pencil drawings for each woman were absolutely gorgeous, the rest of the graphic design, both colors and patterns, gave me a headache. Perhaps this is just to remind me that I'm not the target audience? at any rate, that's a small quibble. Otherwise I very much enjoyed these stories and raced through them. I also appreciated that Ms Sarkeesian and Ms Adams included more commentary than usual in each segment on one of the women. I didn't know much about Margaret Thatcher, other than who she was, prior to this, but the very thoughtful chapter on her not only taught me the facts of her life, but also why the authors included her in the villains section, next to lady pirates and drug lords, and one of my favorites, the riotous Moll Cutpurse. I now have so many more women to learn more about.

    I definitely recommend this collection--it's accessible for a younger generation, but not dumbed down in a way to repel older readers (aside from the graphic design *shakes cane. get off my lawn!*), and you'll learn about women you may never have heard of before, who certainly deserve to have their achievements recognized. Some of my personal favorites, aside from Moll Cutpurse? Trieu Thi Trinh, Vietnamese freedom fighter from the third century. Fatima al-Fihri, medieval founder of a still active university. Khutulun, the unbeatable wrestling princess. Jackie Mitchell, the female pitcher who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. and so many more. Go read the book. Now!

  • Brianne

    This was such an enjoyable and informative read! I recommend it to one and all!

  • Artemis

    Another exceptional book about forgotten and erased women in history to come out recently. Most needed and appreciated.

    I especially loved learning about the Sikh hero Mai Bhago; the 19th-20th century transgender brothel madam Lucy Hicks Anderson; Mother of the Children and education and Al-Qarawiyin Fatima al-Fihri; the 18th century Qing Dynasty poet and astronomer Wang Zhenyi; the black human computer to help launch men into space Annie Easley; the ruthless and terrible Spanish queen Isabel I;

    Another exceptional book about forgotten and erased women in history to come out recently. Most needed and appreciated.

    I especially loved learning about the Sikh hero Mai Bhago; the 19th-20th century transgender brothel madam Lucy Hicks Anderson; Mother of the Children and education and Al-Qarawiyin Fatima al-Fihri; the 18th century Qing Dynasty poet and astronomer Wang Zhenyi; the black human computer to help launch men into space Annie Easley; the ruthless and terrible Spanish queen Isabel I; the Cantonese pirate queen and the most successful pirate of all time Ching Shih; the "Godmother" and American mobster and drug queen Griselda Blanco; early 20th century filmmaker Lois Weber; African-American artist Elizabeth Catlett; the unmatched badass 13th century Mongolian princess Khutulun; the oh-hell-yes 17th century Potosi vigilante partners and lovers Ana de Urinza and Eustaquia de Sonza; early 20th century undefeated wrestler and bodybuilder Kati Sandwina (a real life Wonder Woman); and the baseball player Jackie Mitchell, who struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Of course she was discredited for it and called a fraud because she was a girl.

    Yes, the 'Relentless Amazons' section is a damn exciting, inspirational and liberating read.

    To hell with what is considered "feminine" and "masculine". Admire (or just pay attention to) a woman's actions and words, not her looks.

    Films need to be made about these historical heroines, scholars, leaders, giantesses and villainesses. Seriously, get on with it now, Hollywood, or preferable anyone else. No excuses.

    Featuring very nice sketched portraits to go with the abridged versions of their stories, and some brilliant quotes and feminist commentary, 'History vs Women: The Defiant Lives that They Don't Want You to Know' comes recommended by me. It can be read in one cosy afternoon. Huge props for the recommendation of Jason Porath's 'Rejected Princesses' in the acknowledgements as well!

    The authors admit in the afterword that they wanted to include more amazing women in 'History vs Women', and be as diverse as possible, which wasn't easy due to deadlines and the scant research they could find on these complex women's lives, not just their achievements. So maybe there will be a volume 2, if this book is successful enough. I hope it will be.

    Everybody, girls, boys, young, old, anyone and anyone outside of the binary, should be reading books like this, for the sake of the human race.

    You can learn so much about women if you only listen to them and pay attention. We'd be nothing without them; without their "rebelling" and fight to be seen as equals to men. No one can keep any girl down. They're people, not to be placed in any box. Not to be limited and made small and submissive by men.

    History and liberation for women across generations! Progress, freedom and respect for women!

    Final Score: 5/5

  • Suzanne

    Tired of damsels in distress? Ready for some rebels, artists, scholars, amazons, and even villains? Then this is the book for you. Some of the women profiled within these pages may be familiar - Margaret Thatcher, Annie Easley - but others you have probably never heard of. How about Wang Zhenyi, a poet from the Qing Dynasty? She was born in 1768 and studied everything from astronomy to martial arts. In 1994 a crater on the planet Venus was named for her. "When you look into the night sky, seek o

    Tired of damsels in distress? Ready for some rebels, artists, scholars, amazons, and even villains? Then this is the book for you. Some of the women profiled within these pages may be familiar - Margaret Thatcher, Annie Easley - but others you have probably never heard of. How about Wang Zhenyi, a poet from the Qing Dynasty? She was born in 1768 and studied everything from astronomy to martial arts. In 1994 a crater on the planet Venus was named for her. "When you look into the night sky, seek out Venus and be dazzled by the celestial body and the woman who saw the stars and felt the wonder of the universe."

    If stargazing isn't your style, perhaps you prefer the arts? Maria Tallchief and her brilliant performance as Ballanchine's

    may be more to your tastes. The first Native American prima ballerina explained her achievements by saying, "You do what you have to do, and when you must, then you do a little more." Or there is Murasaki Shikibu, who wrote

    around the year 1000, and it is considered the first modern novel. She "filled her novel with multifaceted female characters who provided a rare glimpse into how it felt to be a woman in her world."

    After something more aggressive? What about Khutulun of Mongolia (born around 1260), who was even mentioned in the journals of Marco Polo? He was impressed with the way she would ride into battle with her father's troops and could capture an enemy "as deftly as a hawk pounces on a bird." She was also a champion wrestler and refused to marry anyone who could not defeat her. There are also tales of a female pirate who commanded an entire fleet, women who were directors and producers in the early days of Hollywood, and those who stood against the practices of lynching during Jim Crow.

    Recommended for anyone with an interest in women's history or feminism. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Barbara

    3.5 because I want to know so much more. This is a much-needed collection of stories about 25 different women who challenged the norm of their times. Although history has neglected them and the authors often had to rely on the little information that was available about them, the book brings them to life and makes readers wish to know more. Sadly, even in 2018, we still seem to celebrate a woman's looks and physical attributes or her connection to some other powerful figure than looking at her i

    3.5 because I want to know so much more. This is a much-needed collection of stories about 25 different women who challenged the norm of their times. Although history has neglected them and the authors often had to rely on the little information that was available about them, the book brings them to life and makes readers wish to know more. Sadly, even in 2018, we still seem to celebrate a woman's looks and physical attributes or her connection to some other powerful figure than looking at her intelligence, her actions, and her accomplishments. The authors divide the book into five sections focusing on five women in each one: "Reckless Rebels," "Revelatory Scholars," "Ruthless Villains," "Restless Artists," and "Relentless Amazons." Teen readers will love those titles, and might claim one of them for their own. While I was familiar with several of these--Queen Isabel, Ida B. Wells, Maria Tallchief, Murasaki Shikibu, and Artemesia Gentileschi, for instance--there were many others whose names and exploits were new to me. The story of Lucy Hicks Anderson, a black woman born into the body of a male, and who wanted others to accept her as she was, might be of interest to readers as she figured out a way to pay the bills by running a brothel. Each woman merits a full-page illustration and a couple of pages describing accomplishments and life challenges as well as historical context. The title fits the book's contents perfectly, reminding readers that these women often had to fight against family, societal restrictions, and legal limits only to have their stories "lost" or dismissed by those who write the history books. I really appreciated the authors' self-critique of their own work and the omission of women from certain parts of the world and certain cultures due to their need to have research about those individuals translated. This struck me as wonderfully honest and apt, and made me eagerly anticipate the next volume, which will remedy those omissions. I also was delighted that this book wasn't all rainbows and butterflies, but that the authors took pains to point out that some powerful women were really not very nice at all. Grab this one for yourself and for a middle grader or high schooler in need of some inspiration in pushing against gender norms or how society seems to regard what is masculine and what is feminine.

  • Mandy

    This was eh. I felt like I would either get too much information or not enough information about these epic ladies. Some categories were far more intriguing than others as well. I really liked the pictures included, but I just didn't find it as intriguing as I wanted since I wanted all the epic ladies killing it.

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