I’ll be the first to admit that it took me far too long to review this. Reading the digital version of History VS Women was clunky, especially on my phone–and I don’t have a small screen, either. That said, the content was still absolutely amazing.
In light of what has happened, I think we need books like this now more than ever. History VS Women, by Anita Sarkeesian and Ebony Adams, highlights the lives of numerous women throughout the course of time for a number of reasons. Some women changed the course of history while others proved that strength and audacity could be feminine.
While reading, I somehow managed to skip to the end, a section featuring women they compared to Amazons. Considering that Wonder Woman was my idol for YEARS, I was not disappointed. The authors introduced me to a black woman who rode across the country on her motorcycle in an era where she was seldom welcomed. They brought to the page women who were stronger than men and didn’t hide it.
Backtracking to the beginning of the book, I fell in love and found myself inspired by so many other women in history. What is so great about this book is that it views the lives of these women through intersectional lenses, a quality that we need more of in this day and age. When the world is viewed through a single lens, so often a white lens, there are facets of lives that can be lost or misunderstood. The views are more nuanced than I have seen in other sources, even if there isn’t that much discussed on the page in Women VS History.
Definitely go out and grab a copy of Women VS History. Get one for your shelf, for your daughter’s shelf, for your son or brothers. This is the book we all need right now.
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More Resources on Women in History:
Tough Mothers, Jason Poranth (Also the author of Rejected Princesses)
Disclaimer, while I have enjoyed these resources, but they are very white. While the creators try to maintain a lens of intersectionality, I am not one to know when and where they falter.
Also, I received this book form Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.