Rad Women Worldwide is pretty radical!

radwomenworldwide

I read this book in one morning while waiting for my van at the repair shop. It was a good use of my time.

Rad Women Worldwide is a book of short, exciting, interesting profiles of women from all over the world who made history in a large variety of fields (sports, politics, education, the arts, the environment, exploration…). It made a point of not being European or American-centric, although it didn’t completely ignore contributions from those parts of the world either. It was written in a textbook style. The simple language seems to indicate that the intended audience for this book is around middle school. In fact, it has been approved to be used in schools as part of the Common Core curriculum around the 6-8 grades.

The profiles were, at most, 4 pages long each. The authors say that a lot of research went into all of the profiles. From what I know, all of the profiles were accurate, even if I don’t completely agree with what they chose to emphasize in all cases (most notably Emma Goldman). In situations in which the woman profiled is still living, the woman herself was asked to approve it. The creators of this book did a great job of highlighting a good mix of stories, many of which are rarely told.

This book illustrates the famous Margaret Mead quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I dare any woman to read this book and not be encouraged in their own journey.

I really hope that my more conservative followers don’t throw the baby out with the bath water in regards to this book. Yes, it does feature one LGBT activist and highlights Emma Goldman’s work for birth control, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better book celebrating historical contributions by women around the globe. There were tons of women in this book I had never heard of from Africa, Central America, and Asia because my history classes growing up were so American and European-centric. They are fascinating stories of different cultures that I had never heard before. Instead of shying away from the book because of those two particular articles (two of 40 total), I would challenge you to use it as a spring board into discussion of what the Church teaches and why.

I got the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review through my membership in Blogging for Books. Thank you! It is available at your favorite bookseller now.

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