Early press and reviews for Rad Women Worldwide:
“A celebration of smart, brave, tough, creative, kind, beautiful, hopeful, and wise women!”
— Andrea Beaty, author of Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect
“This book needs to be in every school, library, and home.”
— Margaret Cho, comedian
“Our history books are filled with incredible stories of heroes and rebels, villains and visionaries, but too often it’s men who occupy all the starring roles. RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE boldly challenges the male-dominated version of history we’ve been sold, offering us a new vision of the past that brings women out of the historical shadows. In these pages, women are made visible at every step of humanity’s journey, across continents and generations, revealing that often we, too, have dared to change the world.”
—Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency founder and feminist media critic
“In past generations, a globe was an essential gift for any child, a way for her/him/them to sense the wide, round scope of the world without even having to travel. RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE is this moment’s equivalent of the globe–a gift that will help every child understand the world they share with powerful women everywhere.”
— Sarah Jones, Tony-Award winning performer, poet, and UNICEF ambassador
“Wow! Like its predecessor Rad American Women A-Z, this wonderful book is a browser’s delight. Dipping into every story, examining the blunt, bright woodcuts, brings singular pleasures. There are women to discover and women to rediscover. And the best part? A long list of more women to learn about winding it up. Daring to hope there will be more Rad Women books.”
— Karen Cruze, Santa Clarita Public Library
“An international array of badass women through the ages and up to the present…[and] a happy contrast to so many Eurocentric “world” surveys.”
“[R]eadily accessible to children and teens…Stahl’s cut-paper portraits provide handsome visual tributes to the women.”
“This collection of energetic profiles is sure to spark discussion and encourage readers passionate about women’s history and rights to do further research.”
— School Library Journal
“RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE is a work of astounding beauty and urgent importance. The enthralling stories of these brave, amazing women–and the stunning illustrations that accompany them–are sure to move and inspire kids and adults alike. We all need this book: girls, boys, mothers, fathers, educators, engaged citizens – really, all of us who care about a more just and balanced world. Thank goodness I don’t have to raise my daughter and son without it!”
– Carolina De Robertis, novelist and author of The Last Tango
People are talking about Rad American Women A-Z!
- GOOD Magazine “Why just learn your ABCs when you can be empowered by them?”
- TeenVogue “The ABCs just got a major girl-power upgrade.”
- Huffington Post “The empowering book both boys and girls need!”
- BuzzFeed “The perfect feminist primer for kids!”
- BUST “This catalogue of inspirational women belongs on every kid’s bookshelf.”
- mic.com ”…the best way ever to teach the ABCs!”
- Refinery29 “This is the most inspiring children’s book we’ve ever seen.”
- Parents ”…takes the premise of most “A to Z” books and spins it on its head.”
- AFROPUNK “Inclusive of all colors, gender expressions and sexualities…”
- Bay Area News Group “Every kid should have a copy.”
- HipMama “This book is perfect for any parent seeking out herstory to add to all the history we are taught.”
- The Frisky “I don’t have kids (yet!) but that pesky little details isn’t going to stop me from buying this.”
- BUSTLE “A picture book all feminists should have.”
- San Francisco Examiner “History books come in all sizes, but few include enough stories of women who have influenced American society.”
Rousing tributes to 26 women who didn’t keep their heads or voices down. Reserving ‘X’ for ‘the women whose names we don’t know,’ Schatz presents an unusually diverse gallery of activists. Along with the predictable likes of the Grimke sisters, Billie Jean King and Zora Neale Hurston, it includes Patti Smith, blacklisted musical prodigy Hazel Scott, Mexican-American journalist Jovita Idar and transgender performance artist Kate Bornstein.
This lively abecedary introduces 25 inspiring women and their accomplishments […] Schatz opens with a discussion of different meanings of rad/radical (‘A radical can be a person who wants to make big changes in society’), and the snappy mini-biographies that follow hit the highlights of the women’s lives and legacies in an accessible, conversational tone. Bright hues provide backdrops for Stahl’s angular cut-paper portraits, which emphasize the subjects’ power, humor, and strength.
Ever wanted a women-centric history book to hand to a kid? This March, publisher City Lights/Sister Spit is releasing an exciting new book that tells the stories of 26 important American women, one for each letter of the alphabet. Rad American Women A-Z features biographies of women from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Huston. Author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl highlight a great selection of women—the group is diverse in terms of race, era, and in their field of work, ranging from scientists to writers and activists.
Angela Davis. Billie Jean King. Carol Burnett. The first three women in this fantastic ABC book set the tone for what’s to come: visionary, bold, diverse role models for an array of children today. Each page, with a modern illustration, a brief biography, and an uplifting overview of her accomplishments, will inspire young world-changers both in social studies classrooms and at home.
Moms and dads everywhere, take note. Indoctrinating your wee ones into your feminist girl gang just got a little easier. This illustrated book teaches kids (and adults) the A, B, Cs of American feminist history with vivid illustrations by Miriam Klein Stahl. A is for Angela Davis, B is for Billie Jean King, C is for Carol Burnett, and so on & so on, be still my beating heart.
Marisa Crawford, Weird Sister
There might be something more exciting
than an illustrated alphabet of American heroines both famous and unsung, but I’m not sure what that thing would be. Created with children (and their parents, teachers, and interested adults) in mind, this book features one important woman for each letter of the alphabet in a one-page biography. It’s a marvelous, simple idea executed beautifully.
Rebecca Schinsky, BookRiot
This is not a book.
This is a guest list for a party of my heroes. Thank you for inviting us.
Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events books
I feel honored to be included in this book. Women need to take radical steps to become feminists, and to be strong to fight for their rights and those of others facing oppression and discrimination. The world needs rad women to create a just society.
Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader, Civil Rights Activist
It’s almost always with a chuckle that I view a cartoon image of myself. But to see cartoon-me positioned (alphabetically) amongst so many of my women heroes and role models … well, I just broke down and cried. Happy tears. I surely hope that this one-of-a-kind collection of radical American women reaches the hands of all children who want to grow up and become amazing women.
Kate Bornstein, author of My New Gender Workbook
Any alphabet book for children where ‘P is for Patti’ Smith and ‘X is for the women whose names we don’t know’ is something I can recommend, especially when the book is as well written, representationally diverse and vividly illustrated as this one.
Francesca Lia Block, author of Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books
I was totally in rapture reading this book. Bold women, bold colors, and fierce black paper cutouts. I cheer these histories of women who fight not for war or country or corporation, but for EVERYONE! I can’t wait for my son to read this.
Nikki McClure, Illustrator of All in a Day
I need 2 of these books, one to read to all the kids in my life and one to rip the illustrations out of so I can frame them! This MUST HAVE super fun read fills in the missing pieces in so many kids’ (and grown-ups’) educations. Couldn’t recommend it enough.
Kathleen Hanna, singer, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin
A fantastic book for any child, but especially for girls. I think it’s so important that young girls realize all the amazing things women have accomplished throughout history, because, sadly, I don’t think they hear enough about it in school, even today. I am happy to say I have heard about most of the women in this book, but there were several that I did not know about and I am so impressed with their strength and courage in the face of great odds. We have to let the young people of today know that anything and everything is possible, and this book is a simple, yet inspiring way to let them know that women have been getting it done forever!
Mary Engelbreit, renowned artist and children’s book illustrator