This book is empowering and adorable. The appropriately named Pankhurst (who is, actually, a descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst) takes us through simple biographies of exceptional women, both known and relatively unknown, and celebrates their achievements in arts, science, activism, altruism, espionage and feminism.
Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning, Mary Seacole, Amelia Earhart, Agent Fifi, Sacagawa, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Anne Frank: there were women here I was familiar with and others that I hadn’t heard of. It whetted my appetite to find out more.
I would have liked to see a bit more ethnic diversity (nine of the thirteen women in this book are white), but in this, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, is at least making a concerted effort to represent women of colour, and one picturebook can’t do everything. It does, however, do a lot, and well to boot!
One for tiny feminists of every gender.