Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History


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ISBN-13: 9780399578861
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 44,880
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

KATE SCHATZ is a feminist writer, educator, editor, and the author of the 33 1/3 book Rid of Me: A Story. She is the co-founder and leader of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of feminist activist groups committed to resistance and justice. 

MIRIAM KLEIN STAHL is an artist, educator, and activist. They are the author and illustrator, respectively, of Rad American Women A-Z and both live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Frida Kahlo
July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954 (Coyoacán, Mexico)

“I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”
It seems like everyone today knows who Frida Kahlo is, but that wasn’t always the case. Like so many women artists throughout history, Frida didn’t gain the recognition she deserved until many years after her death. When she died in 1954, the New York Times obituary headline read “Frida Kahlo, Artist, Diego Rivera’s Wife.” This was how she was known for a long time: as the strange wife of famous muralist Diego Rivera. She’s now considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón was born just before the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution. She lived in La Casa Azul, a small house that her father painted blue. When she was six she came down with polio, which left her right leg permanently disfigured. To help it heal, her father encouraged her to exercise and play sports, but she always had a prominent limp.

Frida didn’t plan to be an artist—she wanted to be a doctor, and she studied medicine at one of Mexico’s finest schools. Everything changed when she was in a bus accident at age 18. She was severely injured and spent months in a full-body cast. Isolated and in pain, she began to paint. Her mother made her an easel she could use while lying down, and her father shared his oil paints. She experimented with bright colors that reminded her of traditional Mexican folk art. The small self-portraits that she created helped her process her traumatic accident.

Frida eventually showed four of her pieces to the artist Diego Rivera, whom she adored. “You’ve got talent,” he told her, and it was true. Her paintings were deeply personal, yet they combined elements of Mexican art, classical European painting, and newer Surrealist works. She and Diego eventually married and became part of a thriving Mexican art scene. It was a male-dominated scene but Frida also encountered women like singer Chavela Vargas, muralist Fanny Rabel, and photographer Lola Alvarez Bravo (the first and only person to exhibit Frida’s paintings in Mexico during her lifetime).

Frida remained relatively obscure until the 1980s, when a biography about her got people’s attention. Feminist and Latina artists began to celebrate her work, and she became a cultural icon, now more well known than Diego. Frida’s life was painful, and she created over 140 paintings that reflected it. Unlike many other artists at the time, Frida didn’t paint landscapes or abstract shapes: she painted her real, pained self. She celebrated her flaws, her fears, her country, and her desires and she did it beautifully.

Table of Contents

Welcome to RAD women worldwide! 1

Enheduanna 2

Malala YousAfzai 4

Kalpana Chawla 8

Aung San Suu Kyi 10

Qiu Jin 12

Junko Tabei 14

Fe Del Mundo 16

Dame Katerina Te Heikōkō Mataira 18
New Zealand

Faith Bandler 20

Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft 22
Norway & U.S.A.

Miriam Makeba 24
South Africa

Wangari Maathai 26

Kasha Jacqueline Nagabasera 30

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti 32

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 34

Hatshepsut 36

Madres de la Plaza de Mayo 38

Marta 42

Quintreman Sisters 44

Policarpa “La Pola” Salavarrieta 46

Bastardilla 48

Nanny of the Maroons 50

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 52

Frida Kahlo 54

Queen Lili’uokalani 56

Venus and Serena Williams 58

Birutė Mary Galdikis 60

Buffy Sainte-Marie 62

ENIAC Programmers 64

Guerrilla Girls 68

Grace “Granuaile” O’Malley 70

Princess Sophia Duleep Singh 72

Poly Styrene 74

Sophie Scholl 76

Marie Curie and Irene Joliot-Curie 80

Josephine Baker 82

Maria Montessori 86

Hypatia 88

Emma Goldman 90

The Stateless 94

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itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
I realize I just reviewed a book very similar to this one, but to be honest, I'm just really glad that we are getting a rise in books like this. I think these books work for young girls to teenagers to adults. The stories of women have been squashed for so long, and it's about time we got to hear them. I loved the illustrations in this one, as they were beautiful and striking. And let's face it, no matter how old you are, pictures just make everyone better. One thing I also loved about this book was how so many of the women were new to me. Which is sad, but I'm glad their stories are finally getting told. I loved how we saw people from all backgrounds, from every single continent (yes, including Antarctica!). The range of women was very diverse, and I think every little girl will find someone they relate to in here. The book did spread across a lot of history, but a lot of these women are also modern, a good majority of them being still alive. I loved that, as I think it's a great thing for young girls to see that women are still fighting and paving the way. The stories are not too long or complex, making this a great book for younger readers as well. But I also think older women will get just as much out of it. It's one of those books that I want to recommend to everyone.