Book Review: Nasty Women

Has the political climate in the United States got you down? Wondering what you can do to help? Want to hear from diverse voices who are knowledgeable about the issues at hand and who are living alongside the rest of us, trying to make it one day at a time?

Read this book.

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America,edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding,¬†is a phenomenal read. I actually stumbled upon this book online a while back, and was excited for the chance to read it. My library didn’t have a copy on order yet, so I did what all good readers who don’t want to spend money at the bookstore do: I suggested it be added to the library’s collection!

Sure enough, it was. After ordering it back in October, I was able to pick it up about a month later and be the first to read this library copy. I am so glad I read this book. It made me feel, well… better. Less hopeless.¬†Stronger. More fierce. More ready than ever to not give up and not back down.

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Book Review: Wonder Women – 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

cugxqh4wiaanevh-jpg-largeWant to learn about some truly badass women throughout history that you may not have heard of before? Well, I’ve got the book for you – Sam Maggs’ 2016 title “Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors and Trailblazers Who Changed History.” Whether you want to get inspired or are just interested in learning a little bit more about some of the incredible women who have come before us, this is an excellent read.

I actually requested for my library system to purchase this book prior to its release. They did, and I got to be the first one to get my hands on a copy! (Thank you, request system.) IN terms of reading, this book is short (under 240 pages) but covers a lot of ground. It dedicates between 2-4 pages to each woman that it highlights, while also including a bit in each chapter to cover several other women who fall into that category, be it medicine, spy, or inventor.

Honestly, I learned a lot from reading this book, and I walked away feeling absolutely…. recharged, inspired and energized. It’s incredible to read about these women who, throughout history, have defied the odds (and often, the laws), done their own thing, and made significant changes in the world and the lives of many others. Sadly, many of these women were never formally credited with their inventions or discoveries; instead, a man came in and took credit instead. (Ugh!)

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