Ah… a cover that really sells its contents. And it’s honest, too. In this book, you’ll find many of your favorite cool women – Billie Jean King, Madame C.J. Walker, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Julia Child – and many less well-known but incredibly talented and smart women – Olga of Kiev, Halet Cambel, Aishwarya Rai Bachan, Yaa Asantewaa. Some are “hard-core battle queens”. Others have contributed to science, medicine and the arts. They come from all parts of the world and varied backgrounds, and they are fascinating to read about. You can even take a quiz to find out which amazing historical figure you might be.
This is a book you can dip in and out of and still enjoy. Waiting at the doctor’s office? You could learn about Corazon Aquino, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Minnie Spotted Wolf. Early to your daughter’s band concert? Perhaps a little Josephine Baker or Etta James. The short biographies are broken up by sections on “hard-core battle queens” and “mad, bad and dangerous to know” women. What’s not to like?
They Did What? — 50 Unbelievable Women and Their Fascinating (And True!) Stories by Saundra Mitchell