Revolutionary Women: 50 Women of Color Who Reinvented the Rules

Chronicle. Oct. 2022. 208p. ISBN 9781452184593. $24.95. HIST
Shen’s (Legendary Ladies) new book goes beyond the usual overview of exceptional women; it should become required reading for anyone interested in digging deeper into the complex achievements of women who have revolutionized their fields and, by extension, the cultural, political, and social systems. Broken into categories focused on art, excellence, exploration, expression, and knowledge, all designated as active pursuits and progress rather than final destinations, the text examines the contributions that women—Eartha Kitt, Misty Copeland, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mae Jemison, Wilma Mankiller, Ida B. Wells, and many others—have made to challenge deep cultural biases and assumptions. She uses accessible, visually clear designs to provide chronologies for the women, quotations, and clear analyses of their roles in changing history.
VERDICT A much-needed book suitable for readers of all ages interested in learning how women have disrupted systems of oppression and how people can continue to build on their work.
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