Rating: 4/5 Stars
Rad Women Worldwide is a non-fiction collection of short biographies of women all over the globe, capturing some of the most influential actions of women in history, from ancient Egypt to World Football champions.
I really enjoyed flicking through this book on my commute to work; short and sweet Shatz's writing style was simple and eloquent with equal parts fact and admiration for the women featured in the work itself.
A beginners guide to the achievements of women worldwide, Shatz has done an outstanding job at capturing the essence of what it means to be a woman with a legacy; whether cultural, artistic or politically driven every single woman in this work deserves her spread.
With 40 biographies in total, plus a list of women from every country in the world in the index for a potential reader to delve into by themselves, Shatz packs this read with a plethora of information. I flew through the book quickly. This novel is an introduction, the start of a conversation, the opening chapter in a readers guide to learning about empowered women. It's a solid stepping stone for anyone looking to learn.
Racial and sexual identities are represented wonderfully, although I would have liked to have seen more trans-inclusiveness. In fact; any sort of trans-inclusivity would have pushed me to give this read the full five stars. None of the 40 biographies were those of transwomen; I haven't checked every name in the index but I would have liked it in the main body of text none the less. The lack of transwomen is an important factor to consider when reading this collection; there are definitely rad and influential transwomen out there so I'd be curious to learn why they weren't included? Transgendered peoples play an important part in our developing history, so it's key to remember them for the women they are and were. You cannot snippet the history of women empowerment and activism without them.
Other than that, I really enjoyed and would definitely recommend reading it. It's just important to take the read with a pinch of salt. As Shatz implies in her closing comments; there are thousands of women to celebrate and it would be a long and arduous task to write of them all in one collection.