Written by: Kate Schatz
Illustrated by: Miriam Klein Stahl
For Ages: 8-16 years
Topics Covered: Global Community, Activism, Trailblazers, Women in STEM, Artists.
Summary: This book is much like it’s counterpart but on a global and more in-depth scale. Women from every continent are featured, spanning thousands of years throughout history. Ancient Mesopotamia to modern day, some of these rad women featured: Maria Montessori, Frida Kahlo, Grace O’Malley, Nanny of the Maroons, Bastardilla, and the ENIAC Programmers among many others. The graphic illustrations of Rad American Women remain, but the biographies have much more heft. Amazing figures like Sophie Scholl, Poly Styrene, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Wangari Maathai share pages with more well-known historical figures like Josephine Baker and the Williams sisters. If the pint-sized rebel in your life enjoyed Rad American Women A-Z, they definitely need to get down to business with this one!
- Who is the rad woman from where your family lives currently or used to live?
- Which ones of these people is your favorite? Why?
- What activist work speaks to you the most, out of all the women? Why do you think?
- How do you improve your community already, and how could to improve it more?
Continuing the Conversation:
- Pick a country featured in the book. What other activists and artists live there as well? What kind of work do they do, is it the same as the rad woman we read about?
- Think about what good you could do for your community now. Can you do it by yourself, or do you need help? Many hands make light work, so a long-term community service project as a class or scout troop could be a fun a positive way to start a new school or calendar year!
About the Author & the Illustrator
Kate Schatz (pronounced ‘Shots’) is the New York Times-bestselling author of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, as well as My Rad Life: A Journal and Rid of Me: A Story. She is the co-founder of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of feminist activist groups. She’s a writer, organizer, public speaker, educator, and left-handed vegetarian Bay Area-born-and-bred feminist activist mama.
Miriam Klein Stahl is a Bay Area artist, educator and activist and the New York Times-bestselling illustrator of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide . In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, paper-cut and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School where she’s taught since 1995. As an artist, she follows in a tradition of making socially relevant work, creating portraits of political activists, misfits, radicals and radical movements. As an educator, she has dedicated her teaching practice to address equity through the lens of the arts. Her work has been widely exhibited and reproduced internationally. Stahl is also the co-owner of Pave the Way Skateboards, a queer skateboarding company formed with Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer and skateboarder Tara Jepson. She lives in Berkeley, California with her wife, artist Lena Wolff, daughter Hazel, and their dog Lenny.