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Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  4,370 ratings  ·  670 reviews
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 ru ...more
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Chronicle Books LLC
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Jenna i would say yes. probably middle school-high school. (maybe 13+, only b/c a few of the women mentioned were known for sex/sexy things, ie. dr. ruth (s…morei would say yes. probably middle school-high school. (maybe 13+, only b/c a few of the women mentioned were known for sex/sexy things, ie. dr. ruth (sex therapist), betty page, christine jorgensen (1st transgender female) madonna, etc.)(less)
Anika No, however there is another book like this one called, Rebel Ladies who Brazen Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu, that is a graphic novel.

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Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Everything we’ve gained has been hard-won by a woman who was willing to be bad in the best sense of the word.”

This book is a noteworthy collection about 100 remarkable women who changed the world, featuring spectacular watercolours illustrations for each and everyone. I did go in a bit hesitant since I've tried my hand at similar collections to this one, such as Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath, but they untimely failed in capturing my interest because of the length of the essays that read l
Readable? Yes. Ground-breaking? No.

The title should really read something more like, Bad Girls Throughout History Mostly Since the 19th Century and Who Are Mostly White, and More Frequently American or Western European.

I liked the concept, but I found some of the information a little off. And as my alternate title suggests, this is by no means even close to a comprehensive or inclusive collective biography. About 80% of it covers the last 200-ish years.

And at first glance, Shen's artistic style
Marta :}
Nothing makes me happier than seeing more and more feminist books being released, books that have the purpose of educating ladies about our legacy, about the fact that we can too. I loved this book because it was powerful, I had these 100 indeed remarkable ladies who did great stuff, some of these women I've already known of, others were unknown to me. The illustrations were very beautiful and added a lot to this book. Why I gave it 3 stars considering all this praise? Because it's very short an ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World is an absolute must-have in every home library, and not just those owned by girls. It’s an essential read that helps bring to light the incredible impact women have on humanity as a whole, as well as the innate strength and capacity for greatness each woman possesses.

Ann Shen is the writer and illustrator behind this interesting book. Each of the one hundred short articles is accompanied by watercolor illustrations, and ea
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This exceptional book is about 100 incredible women throughout the history who acted as a pathway for the female to gain their rights, live freely and boldly with pride.

Helen Gurley Brown said,
“the way to get what you want out of life is not through a man but through your career; set your mind to something, and work really hard to get it. Oh, and you should definitely have a lot of fun on the way up—and not wait for marriage to bring you that happy ending.”

I really hate when men pretend that th
If you will read none of my other reviews, I beg you to read the entirety of this one. Read, comment, share, like, whatever. Just see this and take a moment to think about it. Thank you.

This book, while important in our world today, still leaves a lot to be desired. "Throughout History" should mean featuring women from all parts of the world and all walks of life, yet the overwhelming majority of the women featured here were white. European and American women dominated the scene, and POC were o
Liz Janet
Ann Shen gives us a list of some of the most well-known women for the contributions they made to humanity, from their work on abolitionism to improvement in medicine, to ruling whole countries, to their advancement of the arts. Small snippets describing their lives accompanied by beautiful drawings of the characters, sort of a Rejected Princesses
for those with no internet.

The book is quite simplistic in its description, barely giving us any detailed information, which may be useful for people t
Marie the Librarian
A million stars and everyone should read this!! The illustrations are gorgeous and these women are soooo badass!!!
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun coffee table book, but a bunch of relatively small things added up to bother me. No First/Native Nations women were featured, which is especially troubling in such a US-focused book. The author also uses outdated terminology when describing a trans woman (specifically, "transsexual"), and it doesn't feel like it's being used as a historical term. It's also super entertainment-focused, and a lot of the entries could barely be considered skimming the surface (not that anything more t ...more
Anna lost in stories *A*
I was going back and forth on how I want to rate this one, but in the end decided on 3,5 stars… I liked how it introduced me to some very interesting women I’ve never heard before but I wished the entries were longer… I know it was the whole point to make them short but I felt it just didn’t gave us full pictures on who they were… even changing them to like 4-5 pages instead of the 1 maybe 2 we got would make a difference… cause I feel like a lot of different facets of each woman needed to be in ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why I expected this to not be a white feminist mess.

It just feels like all these women, and their histories, struggles, and especially their problematic actions or beliefs, are being romanticized for the sake of a quick, simplified aesthetic feminist book.

There are women included in this who are racists, anti-abortion, eugenicists, ableist, have problematic political views, are just horrible people, and have those erased or polished to make the controversy around them seem like it w
Katie ♡
A powerful book which sheds light on inspiring yet unknown women. Very worth reading, indeed.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism, nonfiction
This is a book about those who came before us, who knocked up against that glass ceiling and made a tiny fissure or a full-on crack.

This was a quick, inspiring read about women who accomplished great things in their lives and challenged societal norms through their success and/or actions. I knew a lot about several of them going in, like my favorite person Dolly Parton, and some I'd barely heard of before, like Aphra Behn, who I had just learned about in A Room of One's Own. Reading this made me
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this in a couple hours on my commute home. What a fun book!! Chapters are short, maybe one or two pages detailing the major accomplishments of 100 badass ladies throughout history. Each chapter is also followed by an illustration, some including an inspiring quote from the woman it depicts. This is an eye-opening, entertaining, and ultimately triumphant book for all women. I wish this had been around when I was a teenager.
Grace Stafford
Nov 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just lame. These were all copy and pasted from Wikipedia, and the women chosen are predominantly white, heterosexual, and cisgender. Only two women are listed as LGBT when there are countless others within the book that are documented as gay women, for example Eleanor Roosevelt and Josephine Baker. I learned more from googling the names of unfamiliar to me women than I did from this book.
Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
mini review of “Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World” and “Legendary Ladies: 50 Goddesses to Empower and Inspire You” by Ann Shen.
Great, beautifully illustrated books celebrating some of the incredible women & goddesses. Definitely not an exhaustive list, but each book contains gorgeous illustrations & illuminating essays that’ll make a great gift. I don’t know if these books are for kids or adults, but I think it’s more geared towards adults because some of
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: girl-power, history
I'll go three stars for this one only because I think the author accomplished what she set out to do - provide thumbnail sketches of important women. It's up to you the reader to dig deeper if any of these brief biographies catch your fancy. I really had no quibbles with the women chosen for the book except that there were a few too many movie stars, and that the author's "caricatures" were a little too pretty and unrealistic.
Nicole aka FromReading2Dreaming
***Actually 3.5 Stars***

This book was good, but it felt a bit repetitive and the writing style was boring at times. I must say though that the art in the book was beautiful. One thing I do wish the author had included was more remarkable women from countries other than the United States. I also still don't know if this is a children's book or not, since, in my opinion, it reads more like a ya book. Someone, please let me know! But, overall this book was just okay.
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 148 of 2021

I love reading books like this one 😍
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

She have me Lady Godiva, Marie Antoinette, Annie Oakley, Josephine Baker, Gypsy Rose Lee, Hedy Lamar, Évita Peron OH AND MENTIONED CYANOBACTERIA?! Really, what more could I have asked for? 100 other fabulous women? Oh yeah she gave us that too.

200 pages of super smart & scandalous women all drawn in Shen’s delicate and pretty style! Love it
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars really - maybe 4.75.

I really, really did enjoy this book. I thought the women chosen were great, the summaries succinct and the illustrations so wonderful.

Being a stickler as I am though, I still wish there had been more lesser known, perhaps even more diverse, selections -- though all of these women are definitely bad girls. Plus there were some that I know the more troubling aspects of their history (I'm looking at you Susan B. Anthony) that were glossed over in the descriptions. B
Lis Carey
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great little collection of short, one- or two-page bios of "bad girls," women who did what they needed to do rather than what they were expected to do. There are warrior queens and pirate queens, actors and writers, inventors, actors who became inventors, politicians, doctors, nurses, notorious criminals, and spies. It's light, lively, with fun, colorful art showing the women described.

It is, sadly, quite oversimplified, probably inevitable given the limited space. We don't know if the
Joanne Moyer
A quick read of 100 not so much 'bad' girls, more like women who dared to be different and changed the world in their way.
The list works it's way chronologically from women like Joan of Arc, Marie Curie, Bonnie Parker, Oprah, Joan Jett and Tina Fey.
There are also nice illustrations for each woman.
An interesting look at 100 interesting women.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
These books are so important to young girls, if gives them the ability to see that they can accomplish great things and also shows the consequences of terrible choices. All, in all shows how fierce women can be.
In this book beautifully illustrated by Ann Shen (I'm telling you its gorgeous) it gives a brief synopsis/facts of people like Cleopatra, Mae West and etc., tells you what they accomplished and showcase their strength as women. It also tells you how each met there fate. Some were murdered
Entertaining, quick and easy to read and with gorgeous illustrations, very recommendable! My only issue is that it's not very innovative in the sense that I already knew about 95% of the women included in this book, and most of the ones I didn't know about left me a bit cold. Also, a lot of the biographies were way too short to fully transmit the impact these very awesome ladies have had in our society. ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was such a fun, cute feminist read featuring a ton of kick-ass ladies with a gorgeous art style.

if you are a history buff or enjoy history but find it dry, this is the book for you.

it includes short biographies of so many women that made my heart happy.

I do wish there were more non-western ladies in here but that does not diminish the accomplishments of those highlighted in this book.
”Everything we’ve gained has been hard-won by a woman who was willing to be bad in the best sense of the world.”

3.5 out of 5 stars

Who runs the world? Girls.

I will never get tired of nonfiction books celebrating the badass women of this world. It’s become a trend in the last few years, and I’m just living it and hoping that it never goes out of style. The trailblazers, the ceiling smashers, the quiet ones, the loud ones, the readers, writers, historians, queens, scientists, explorers and over
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From actresses and artists to aviators, and strippers to scientists, there is truly a little taste of everything in here. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and even though it included some (perhaps) questionable entries, I still enjoyed reading through the "Bad Girls" in History, and found it funny to see which women were included.

This book follows a format of an entry for each of the 100 women which includes a few paragraphs about the lives of these women and why they were included here. It also
A delightful book! Beautiful illustrations and I learned about some fabulous women that I hadn't heard of before. ...more
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
good points: learned a lot, beautiful art, liked that they focused a little more on modern women
bad points: very very focused on western women, barely a quarter of poc
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Ann Shen is an illustrator, letterer, and author based in Los Angeles. A graduate of UCSD and Art Center College of Design, Ann has created work or a number of publications, campaigns, products, and galleries for children of all ages. She lives with her husband and their small menagerie of animals.

She's written and illustrated two books, "Bad Girls Throughout History" (2016) and "Legendary Ladies"

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