On This Day She: Putting Women Back Into History One Day at a Time

Rowman & Littlefield. Oct. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9781538164563. $38. HIST
Women have often been omitted from history, even though they were present and actively contributed. Bell (Kith), Tania Hershman (How High Did She Fly), and Ailsa Holland (The Lost Tale of Gawain) seek to correct this omission with this Twitter-inspired page-a-day collection of biographies of both famous and lesser-known women. Entries include historical, contemporary, and BIPOC women, and the range of accomplishment is breathtaking. The courage and tenacity of these scientists, artists, mountaineers, social and civil rights activists, educators, warriors, soldiers, and resistance workers, among others, shine through. This array of achievement will also provoke dismay and righteous anger: a number of entries state some were denied further education simply because universities did not then admit women. Many women refused to accept the status quo. Others were pioneers in their fields, only to watch male colleagues take the credit, be awarded prestigious honors, and claim the financial benefits.
VERDICT This illustrated compendium’s enjoyable daily entries will inspire readers to undertake further research. The strong, brave women tumbling from its pages will be a welcome addition to reference and history collections.
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