I received this book at no cost from the publisherRad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women by Kate Schatz
Published by Ten Speed Press on July 17, 2018
From the New York Times best-selling authors of Rad Women Worldwide and Rad American Women A-Z, a bold and brave collection of stories and art about inspiring and accomplished girls who have made positive impacts on the world before the age of 20.
You might know the stories of Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank, Jazz Jennings, and Joan of Arc. But have you heard about Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee who swam a sinking boat to shore, saved twenty lives, then went on to compete as an Olympic swimmer? Or Trisha Prabhu, who invented an anti-cyberbullying app at age 13? Or Barbara Rose Johns, whose high school protest helped spark the civil rights movement?
In Rad Girls Can, you'll learn about a diverse group of young women who are living rad lives, whether excelling in male-dominated sports like boxing, rock climbing, or skateboarding; speaking out against injustice and discrimination; expressing themselves through dance, writing, and music; or advocating for girls around the world. Each profile is paired with the dynamic paper-cut art that made the authors' first two books New York Times best sellers. Featuring both contemporary and historical figures, Rad Girls Can offers hope, inspiration, and motivation to readers of all ages and genders.
This is a gorgeous book that would look lovely on any coffee table but it needs to be worn out from reading it by everyone who comes into contact with it. There are stories that range from one paragraph bites to two pages about young women who overcame obstacles thrown in their way by society and lately social media. It is very inspirational and uplifting. This book came into my life at just the right time. It filled me, even as old as I am, with the hope that this new generation of girls will carry on what my grandmother and mother started by getting the right to vote, equality and safe health care.
The stories are all about girls, even young people under ten, that overcame things like race, creed, and religion to do make a wrong right. Of course, Malala is represented along with some others that I had never heard about like two Polish sisters under 16 who saved 13 children during World War II, and Marley Dias who just wanted to read one thousand books. I had heard of Marley because of her love of reading since that struck a chord with me. The book really covers all areas like sports, education, immigration, gun control, and science.
To quote the Kimmie Schmidt Unbreakable theme song:
They alive, dammit!
It’s a miracle
They alive, dammit!
Females are strong as hell
The authors are appearing at these book stores and festivals!
BOOK LAUNCH! Tues 7/17 Laurel Bookstore, 6:30, Oakland CA: w/ The Radical Monarchs
BOOK LAUNCH! Thurs 7/19 Booksmith, SF CA, 7pm: w/ Sabrina Moyle and Rad Girl Cordelia Longo
Saturday 7/21 Hicklebee’s, San Jose CA, 1pm
Monday 7/23 Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA, 7pm
Tues 7/24 Books Inc, Alameda CA, 6pm: w/ local teen activist Eman Khatri. Fundraiser for Girls Inc!
Thurs 7/26 Vroman’s, Pasadena CA, 7pm
Saturday 7/28 Skylight Books, LA CA, 5pm
Mon 7/30 Powell’s Books, Portland OR, 7:30pm, w/ Rad Girl Hazel van Ummersen
Tues 7/31 Third Place Books (RAVENNA), Seattle WA, 7pm: w/ Rad Girl Cordelia Longo
Thurs 8/2 Third Place Books (SEWARD PARK), Seattle WA, 7pm: w/ Rad Girl Cordelia Longo
Tues 8/7 Bear Pond Books, Montpelier VT, 7pm: w/ members of Muslim Girls Making Change + State legislator Selene Colburn
Thurs 8/9 Phoenix Books, Burlington VT, 7pm: w/ members of Muslim Girls Making Change + State legislator Selene Colburn
Tues 8/14 Women + Children First, Chicago IL, 5:30pm: w/ activist Eva Lewis
Wed 8/15 Moon Palace Books, Minneapolis MN: w/ Riot Grrl Karaoke!
Sat 9/8 Pegasus Books, Berkeley CA, 5:30pm
Tue 9/11 Politics + Prose, Washington DC, 7pm, w/ Rad Woman Mary Beth Tinker
Fri 9/14 Books Are Magic, NYC NY, 7pm
Saturday 9/15 Brooklyn Book Festival
Sat 10/20 Mendocino Book Co, Ukiah CA
Nov 16-18 Miami Book Festival