Published by Abrams Image on February 27, 2018
Genres: Non-Fiction, YA
Buy on Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge
Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these historic female pioneers. Starting in the fifth century BC and continuing to the present, the book takes a closer look at bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside the traditional gender roles of their time. Coupled with riveting illustrations and Lee’s humorous and conversational storytelling style, this book is an outright celebration of the badass women who paved the way for the rest of us.
Seriously, I want her to write EVERYTHING.
Here’s what my “initial thoughts” review said: everything gets 5 stars, the end.
That’s not a very good review. I mean, it is, but it’s not very thorough. It doesn’t tell you why I’ve suddenly decided Mackenzi Lee should narrate my life à la Morgan Freeman in the movie of my life that’s constantly playing in my head.
So here is the question you are all no doubt wondering: why is this book so awesome?
Answer: It’s all the wonderful, fantastic, heroic, evil, weird stuff that history classes don’t teach you*.
*Except for Lauf’s Women in Medieval Studies Independent Course, which was of course, AWESOME.
For the first time since I discovered there’s an academic journal dedicated to studying Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it’s effects on this world we live in (no, I’m not kidding. It really exists.), I felt the need to spend the day on JSTOR just looking up historical women and finding all these cool facts like Mackenzi did. The downside is that most of the articles on JSTOR were written for academic purposes, and therefore lack the hilariously wonderful narration that Bygone Badass Broads has.
Bygone Badass Broads is a book that every human should read. The end.
Oh! My favorite (can I have a favorite here? it feels wrong) woman that I learned about in this book was Marm Mandlebaum, aka “The Queen of Thieves”. Who was yours?