REVIEW: 100 Nasty Women of History, Hannah Jewell

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

These are the women who were deemed too nasty for their times - too nasty to be recognised, too nasty to be paid for their work and sometimes too nasty to be allowed to live. When you learn about women in history, it's hard not to wonder: why do they all seem so prim and proper? The truth is, you're probably not being told the whole story. Also, (mostly male) historians keep leaving out or glossing over some of the most badass women who ever walked the surface of this planet. Fake news! But fret not. Former Buzzfeed senior writer and Washington Post pop culture host Hannah Jewell has got you covered. In 100 Nasty Women of History, Hannah will spill the tea on:
-the women with impressive kill counts
-the women who wrote dangerous things
-the women who fought empires and racists
-the women who knew how to have a good-ass time
-the women who punched Nazis (metaphorically but also not)
And that's just half of the women in this book. That's pretty metal. So, if you think that Nasty Women are a new thing, think again. They've always been around - you just haven't always heard of them. Take these stories and tell them to your friends. Write them on a wall. Sneakily tell them to your niece (who's old enough to hear the bad words, of course). Post them to your local MP (especially if it's a man). Make your friends dress up as Nasty Women for Halloween. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History who gave zero f*cks whatsoever. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History who made a difference. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History whom everyone needs to know about, right now.

Annoyed that the history books are filled with the exploits (and mistakes) of men? Well then, look no further because in She Caused A Riot, Hannah Jewell explores the amazing contributions that one hundred or so women have had to the global stage. Focussing on women throughout history and from all around the world, this book explores the (largely forgotten and/or ignored) lives of some of the women who have fought dictators, rose to power, survived impossible situations or simply just thrived living the life that they adored.
In She Caused a Riot, all readers will find a perfect spring-board opportunity to delve more into the lives of simply extraordinary women. In its pages, and despite its jokes that admittedly fell rather flat, anyone wanting to learn about female contributions to all matters of the social sphere, can use this book as a first step towards an enlightened and far more well-rounded view of this world’s history.
After-all, after reading this, most will certainly take a step back and wonder why they had no idea that any of these women ever existed. Certainly, every single one of these women should be instilled in the brains of society’s children - because every-time someone tells us, or our daughters, or our sisters, or our friends, that they cannot achieve the desires of their hearts, there is almost certainly a woman within these pages who has gone before us and absolutely kicked arse doing it.
These women are the trailblazers, the ones who show us that anything is impossible and for that, I will always be thankful that this book fell into my lap.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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