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Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen: A Review + Giveaway!

Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 222
Available for Sale: September 6, 2016

Synopsis (from Amazon)
Aphra Behn, first female professional writer.  Sojourner Truth, activist and abolitionist. Ada Lovelace, first computer programmer. Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Prize. Joan Jett, godmother of punk. The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change.

When I saw this book featured on Chronicle books Instagram page I knew I had to have it.  An entire book dedicated to 100 remarkable badass women throughout history?  Yes, please…sign me up!  I don’t know about you, but I love the fact that the author added the word “bad” in the title to describe these women.

I mean, let’s face it, history is filled with bad boys who pushed the envelope and are remembered because of it, but you seldom hear about the girls.  This book fills the void of the bad girls throughout history who defied boundaries and social conventions of their time.

As the introduction states, “This is a book about girls who had a ton of fear and personal flaws and faced insurmountable obstacles, but did amazing things anyway.”  The author also mentions this book isn’t by any means an exhaustive list nor does it provide lots of detail of their personal stories.  Instead, you’ll find short essays accompanied by the most beautiful watercolor illustrations you’ve ever seen!  The essays are meant to whet your appetite for exploring more on your own if you want to dig deeper into these women’s lives.

From scientists and artists to writers and astronauts, this book highlights some of the most badass women who ever lived on planet Earth.  Some of the featured women include:  Oprah Winfrey, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Amelia Earhart, Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Beatrix Potter, Rosa Parks, Josephine Baker, Lucille Ball, Judy Blume, Marie Antoinette, Joan Jett, Julia Child, Susan B. Anthony, Dolly Parton, Jane Austen, Maya Angelou, Ada Lovelace, Harriet Tubman, Queen Elizabeth I, Helen Keller, Madam C.J. Walker, Malala Yousafzai and so many more!  Granted, practically every woman surveyed about her top 100 leading ladies would differ drastically, but I think the author did a wonderful job with her selection.  There are women of all different races, backgrounds and faiths represented throughout.

The book starts off introducing Lilith, the lesser-known first wife of Adam who was kicked out of the Garden of Eden. The remaining 99 women are introduced in chronological order from the before Christ (B.C.) period to present day. The last woman featured is Malala Yousafzai who at the age of 17 became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever for supporting girls’ education rights.

I’m so in LOVE with this stunning book!  I took the time to read it from cover to cover over the course of two days. Not only is it visually appealing, but it’s also chock full of interesting tidbits and facts.  There are so many women I never heard of before like Maria Mitchell (1818 – 1889), the first female American astronomer, Anna May Wong (1905 – 1961), the first Asian-American movie star and Amalia Eriksson (1824 – 1923) who invented peppermint stick candies.  Who knew?


Reading this book made me realize just how grateful I am to be constantly surrounded by powerful and inspirational women in my own personal life as well as in the media.  Women like Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Marie Forleo, and Sheryl Sandberg inspire me to do my part to change the world no matter how small it may be like posting book recommendations on Instagram or blogging.  This book also made it crystal clear that powerful women have had a major impact on society since the beginning of time, they just haven’t been acknowledged as much as men have.

I believe this book does an amazing job communicating the fact that girl power is very much a force to be reckoned with. These 100 inspirations all prove that women run the world—whether they’re pirates, activists, warriors or dare I say, presidents.  You’ll definitely want to prominently display this gem at the forefront of your book shelf.  A winner!

I think this book also makes a great gift idea – pre-order one now for yourself or for one of the badass women in your squad.  You can also try your luck at the giveaway listed below.

The Giveaway!
Our friends at Chronicle Books were gracious enough to sponsor a book giveaway for one (1) lucky winner!  Yes, you can win a FREE copy of this book before it’s available for sale.  Ends, Friday, August 12, 2016.  Good luck!

Bad Girls Throughout History Book Giveaway

 About the Author
Ann Shen is an illustrator and graphic designer whose bright, colorful style has been put to work on everything from young adult book covers to fashion doll packaging designs. Her illustrations have been featured in the New York Times, BUST, Grazia, The Huffington Post, and other productions.  She lives in Los Angeles.

About Chronicle Books
Chronicle Books was founded in 1966 and is inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books.

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  • Reply Annika Black

    Eleanor Roosevelt
    Amelia Earhart
    Audrey Hepburn

    July 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm
    • Reply Emily

      Audrey Hepburn
      Lois Lane/anyone who played her(JK).
      Ellen degeneres

      August 9, 2016 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Kimberly

    Oh I would love this for my nine year old Kaelynn.. She loves to read..

    July 27, 2016 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Joycelyn Williams

    Michelle Obama
    Oprah Winfrey
    Maya Angelou

    July 27, 2016 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Melissa M.

    Oh my goodness this book looks AMAZING! 😍 Awesome review. Fantastic giveaway!

    July 27, 2016 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Kasey Clark

    Jane Goodall
    Temple Grandin

    July 27, 2016 at 10:39 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    There are so many! But a few amazing women I admire (all teens): Anne Frank, Malala Yousafzai and Angela Zhang (conducted ground-breaking nanotechnology research at age 17 that may help cure cancer).

    July 27, 2016 at 11:08 pm
  • Reply Aleksandra

    I struggle to imagine Marie Curie being described as badass… Just nope 🙂

    July 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Brigette Major

    Oh wow I can only name 3….
    Oprah Winfrey
    Michelle Obama
    Eartha Kitt

    July 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Libby Edwardson

    I was planning on ordering this book, so a giveaway was super exciting for me to see!

    July 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply April Morin

    Mae West, Elizabeth Tudor, Cleopatra

    July 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Jen

    I absolutely love books about fantastic women who do good and change the world! I can’t wait for this to come out!

    July 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply Jen

      Hildegard of Bingen
      Mary Blair

      July 28, 2016 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply Jenny S

    Rosa Parks
    Malala Yousafzai
    Ellen Degeneres

    July 28, 2016 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply David

    Maggy thatcher
    Joan of arc
    Queen Elizabeth II

    July 28, 2016 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Rebecca59

    Michelle Obama
    Anne Frank
    Alice Walker

    July 29, 2016 at 2:46 am
  • Reply liz

    Hellen Keller
    Joan of Arc
    Malala Yousafzai

    July 29, 2016 at 3:02 am
  • Reply evans s

    oprah winfrey, michelle obama, jacqueline kennedy

    July 29, 2016 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Kayley

    I’d include Joan of Arc and Queen Victoria for sure.

    July 29, 2016 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Shelby Thomas

    Rosa parks

    July 30, 2016 at 12:28 am
  • Reply Chelsey L

    Michelle Obama, Ellen Degeneres, Mother Theresa

    July 30, 2016 at 3:17 am
  • Reply Crista

    Sojourner truth
    Emmeline Pankhurst
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    July 30, 2016 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Audrey Hepburn
    Amelia Earhart
    Michelle Obama

    July 31, 2016 at 11:24 am
  • Reply BookBairn

    This would be perfect for my ‘Mighty Girls’ collection of books I’m building! My bad girl role model has to be Amelia Earhart – she dreamed she could fly! So she did.

    July 31, 2016 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Dominique Cloutier

    Maria Mitchell, Audrey Hepburn and Amelia Earhart. Cant wait to read about all the other women though! LOVE this! Would be a great book to pass on to my daughter when she’s old enough!

    August 1, 2016 at 4:16 am
  • Reply maggin penney

    Oprah winrey has inspired me =)

    August 1, 2016 at 6:12 am
  • Reply cindy troxell

    i love finding new authors to read and meeting new people especially women that empower other women, we need a lot of this in theworld today, be an example to those around you,especially little eyes that are always watching and learning from us for me that would be my grand babies.

    August 1, 2016 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply angela smith

    MIchelle obama
    Goldie Hawn
    Marliyn monroe

    August 2, 2016 at 6:45 am
  • Reply Morgan

    Rosa parks, Amelia Airhart, Ella Fitzgerald

    August 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Renée @ Mind-Body Shift

    Sounds like a must-read. I would have to say Amelia Earhart, Nina Simone and the Grimké Sisters.

    August 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Julie Waldron

    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth

    August 3, 2016 at 6:53 pm
  • Reply Ani W

    Fanny Crosby
    Anne Frank
    Corrie ten Boom

    August 3, 2016 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Kelley H

    Flo Kennedy
    Michelle Obama
    Jo Ann Robinson

    August 3, 2016 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Rosa Parks
    Marie Curie
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    August 4, 2016 at 11:58 pm
  • Reply Melissa B.

    1. Amelia Earhart
    2. Sally Ride
    3. Marie Curie

    August 5, 2016 at 2:18 am
  • Reply Amy M

    So, so many… Elizabeth Blackwell, Louisa Mae Alcott, Madame CJ Walker…. Jane Aadams, the Grimsley sisters, Cleopatra….

    August 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Audra

    Michelle Obama

    August 6, 2016 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply latanya

    Michelle Obama and Oprah

    August 7, 2016 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Mary M.

    My list would include Marie Curie, Florence Nightingale, Barbara McClintock

    August 8, 2016 at 1:00 am
  • Reply Kammieleon

    There are so many amazing women throughout history it is hard to choose just 3.

    1) Mother Teresa
    2) Marie Curie
    3) Marie Stopes

    August 8, 2016 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Sheila Ritter

    Temple Grandin
    Malala Yousafzai
    Mother Teresa

    August 8, 2016 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Mandi Smith

    Michelle Obama, Marie Curie, and Claudette Colvin

    August 8, 2016 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Marissa

    Frida Kahlo and Sylvia Plath!

    August 8, 2016 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Steph Mackler

    Mother Teresa, Billie Jean King, and Hillary Clinton.

    August 8, 2016 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Lana simanovicki

    This would be good for my daughter to read

    August 9, 2016 at 8:24 am
  • Reply andreea lazar

    Anne Frank, Cleopatra and Merilyn Monroe <3

    August 10, 2016 at 12:30 am
  • Reply Kristen Joiner

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Marie Curie
    Coretta Scott King


    August 10, 2016 at 7:41 am
  • Reply Nancy

    Included in my list would be Helen Keller, Anne Frank, and Condoleezza Rice … and of course so very many more wonderful women!

    August 11, 2016 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Tandi Cortez

    Shania Twain, Rosa Parks, Lucille Ball, Anne Frank.. just to name a few would be on my list of remarkable women throughout history.

    August 12, 2016 at 7:54 am
  • Reply Becca

    Rosa Parks
    Anne Frank
    Mother Theresa

    August 12, 2016 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Darlene Owen

    My 3 favorite women would be:

    Jackie Kennedy
    Mother Teresa
    Ellen Degeneres

    August 12, 2016 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Liz N

    Eleanor Roosevelt, Mother Theresa, and Rosa Parks for sure!

    August 12, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Anne Perry

    Francis Farmer
    Janis Joplin
    Jane Goodall

    August 12, 2016 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Deborah

    I would say: Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, and Marie Antoinette.

    August 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Rachael

    Frida Khalo
    Michelle Obama
    Marie Curie

    August 12, 2016 at 5:40 pm
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    Jane Goodall has always been a role model for me.

    August 12, 2016 at 8:16 pm
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    Jackie Kennedy
    Michelle Obama
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    Sally Ride
    Marie Curie
    Jackie Cochrane

    August 12, 2016 at 11:55 pm
  • Reply Jasmine r

    Lucille ball and rosa parks!
    So many empowering women! 🙂

    August 13, 2016 at 12:08 am
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