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Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Move aside history—it’s time for herstory.

Celebrate fifty inspiring and powerful women who changed the world and left their mark in this lavishly illustrated biography compilation that’s perfect for fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and She Persisted.

Throughout history, girls have often been discussed in terms of what they couldn’t or shouldn’t do.

Not anymore.

Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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While Katherine Halligan's Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up Their World has indeed been interesting and enlightening to a certain extent, frankly, for at least some of the women and girls featured and presented, the author's printed words have been been what can only be called entirely too positive and almost saccharinely laudatory, often making light of if not actually totally ignoring the less than stellar (and sometimes actually quite problematic aspects of either their personalities ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
What did they used to say about a Lay's potato chip? "You can't eat just one." That's true for this book, too. It's a book of fifty women and girls' stories. You may start it, thinking you might just read about the life of Maria Montessori, maybe. And you do, thinking, Wow, I didn't know Maria was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times before she died. And then you see that the next chapter is a story of Mother Teresa, and you get wowed again by learning Teresa had a vision at twelve th ...more
Marie the Librarian
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, it features interesting women and gives kids a short intro to them. I find it a bit naive in some ways and very optimistic at times. But overall I think its a good and interesting book for kids to read at an early age.
Carolyn Klassen
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
Some interesting and lesser known women which I did appreciate, but far too many problematic women as well. Genocide conductors, colonizing bitches, forcefully-sterilizing presidents, and Nazi sympathizers. We need to do better with the role models we present to children. Gorgeous illustrations and page layout though!
1.5 stars.

I love collected biographies like this, and I had high hopes. I was disappointed.

There were definitely aspects I appreciated. The layout was smooth and appealing. The illustrations were cute. The few photographs included were a nice touch. The selection of women was fairly impressive, with women from a broad variety of places, times, and backgrounds featured.

I REALLY wanted to love it, particularly given those good things. It just gave me way too many reasons to not love it.

I'm going
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Good information about 50 women who added so much to the world. I realize its Juvenille Non fiction but many of the concepts/situations the girls grew up in were not explained well. The one that really got me was on Hannah Szenes. She was a Jewish woman in Hungary. Later she moved to Palestine and became a member of the Israel Defense Forces. The author, Katherine Halligan stated the one of the main reasons WWII began was due to Nazi treatment of the Jewish people. US forces joined due to Pearl ...more
Lindsay Nixon
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Women are amazing. Here are 50 examples.
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all, this book is gorgeous; lush, colorful illustrations and glossy pages highlight each of the women included in this anthology. There are 5 categories - "Believe and Lead", "Imagine and Create", "Help and Heal", "Think and Solve", and "Hope and Overcome". Some of the women are typically highlighted in these sorts of books, but some are interesting and unique selections. ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
It definitely glosses over some of the harsher realities of war, leaders and etc , but nonetheless is a good introduction to children about powerful women.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic, middle-grade
I wasn't sold on all of the historical figures/leaders, but overall this is a great list of women and their amazing contributions. It includes some well-known women, as well as some that I had not heard of, but was glad to learn about. It would be great in the hands of a middle-grader, or even ages 8-16. ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not an attractive book, design or illustration wise. Too many Americans. Too many questionable selections. Author is happy to slur countries where atrocities were once committed but completed neglected the considerable atrocities of her own country (United States). I was shocked that the atrocities against Australia’s aboriginal people at white settlement was mentioned in Cathy Freeman’s entry - she is a phenomenal woman and these atrocities were well before her time and had nothing to do with h ...more
Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World is a total treat for the eyes. The 50 women are separated into 5 groups: Believe & Lead, Imagine & Create, Help & Heal, Think & Solve, Hope & Overcome. Each woman has her own two-page spread with a short bio and explanation of how she "shook things up." The pages are almost scrapbook-like in nature, with off-kilter photos and beautiful illustrations. The writing is very clear. There's a pretty decent selection of women from various walks of lif ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up because I appreciate the concept and effort. I've been listening to several books about the achievements of women and it was interesting to see the overlap and difference in focus. This book did a decent job at pouting out how the women's contributions matter, but in some cases, it failed to do so well. Also, the stories were a bit too uneven and there was a bit too much overlap. However, I did appreciate that they included some less famous women and women who's contribution ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
A lot of familiar faces here, but some new (to me) ones too. The selection spans millenia and all demographics. I was happy to learn about more incredible women but a lot of context is missing. I hope the children who read this book grow up to further research their complex heroines.
I was very excited to learn that the tongue twister "she sells sea shells by the seashore" is believed to be about Mary Anning!
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
An inspiring collection of 50 women and girls who shook up the world. This book is one that will inspire readers of all ages. With it's compilation of brief histories on each person featured, this book is great for history lovers, as well as for classroom and school libraries. From historical to modern day, these 50 women and girls have left their mark on the world, and continue to do so today. ...more
And the GIRL POWER books continue with this beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully laid out collection of power girls and young women in history. A great one for parents and children together or for older kids.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Throughout human history, countless women and girls have fought in great and small ways to make their mark on the world and change the future.

I loved everything about this book - layout, art, typeset, photographs, and the stories themselves. Sometimes, it helps to be reminded of the women who made an impact to the world.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: factual
Beautiful factual book about women and girls who have made big differences in our world :D
Leslie Marley
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Diverse and well written perfect for ages 9-13. Wonderful facts and details reveal a female side of history.
Cindy Hudson
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
History is often told through the exploits of men, because for the most part they held the most powerful positions and made the decisions that changed the world. But that’s not always the case. Elizabeth I is an exception, a queen who helped solidify England’s place as a nation with world-wide impact. Mother Teresa made a difference in a different area, helping to found an organization that has grown to more than 500 centers in more than 100 countries to better the lives of the poor.

These are ju
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brief biographies of fifty women who have changed the world. Divided into five categories of influence:
- Believe & Lead
- Imagine & Create
- Help & Heal
- Think & Solve
- Hope & Overcome
Halligan offer quotes when possible and brief summaries of their lives that show readers how they changed the world around them.
Are your kids homeschooling or distance learning this fall? If you’d allow me to recommend just one thing to buy to support learning, take my word and buy these two books! Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World and Wildlives: 50 Extraordinary Animals That Made History have been favorites in our house for the last 6 months!
So what makes them worth owning? Each volume contains 50 incredible true stories of women and animals who did amazing things in the world. You’ve likely h
Amanda - Cover2CoverMom
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobooks
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Another collection of mini biographies to celebrate influential women throughout history.   Herstory features a few women that I have not seen much of in other mini biography collections: Mother Theresa, Anne Frank, Annie Sullivan, Emily Brontë, Frida Kahlo...

My only issue with this book was the glossing over of problematic aspects of some of the women featured in this book.  Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the inclusion of women t
Erin Buhr
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
Women have been changing, shaping, and contributing to the world forever, but their achievements are documented far less than their male counterparts. This book is an admirable step towards correcting this.

HERSTORY shares 50 women and girls from around the world who have helped to shape our current world. There are names you will recognize like Sister Theresa and Maya Angelou, but also you will likely never have heard of such as Hatshepsut or Annie Sullivan.

Illustrated with drawings and photog
History is often about “his” stories, but this book includes “her” stories that encourage readers to “take inspiration from these fifty women and girls and shake things up!” The book (organized by theme into five categories: Believe & Lead, Imagine & Create, Help & Heal, Think & Solve, and Hope & Overcome) presents the stories of a diverse selection of women and girls from different countries, cultures, and eras (1504 B.C.–present) including Sacagawea, Theresa Kachindamoto, Mirabai, Frida Kahlo, ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
50 women and girls who shook up the world, by Katherine Halligan, is about many women who were told that they were not good enough. These 50 women were told that just because they were women or because they are not royalty that they could not make a difference. But that did not stop them, they proved everyone wrong and sometimes it took people a long time to realize that these incredible women were brave enough to make a difference. even if they realized it many years after the person had passed ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With (3) young granddaughters (ages 5-7), I'm always searching for books that emphasize the fact that girls can be anything they want to be. Dream, work hard and achieve. When I saw a review of this book somewhere I wanted to try it and, overall, I'd say this book was a hit. This book is targeted at the 8+ age group (grades 3 & 4).

Herstory is an inspiring book which looks at 50 girls and women from around the world who left a mark on history. From artists, social leaders, activists, writers, sci
Georgia Herod
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katherine Halligan presents a two-page spread on fifty women and girls who have been world changers. Born between 1504 BC and 1997, these women were leaders, artists, healers, teachers, guides, problem-solvers, heroes, fighters, and dreamers.

Halligan includes a bio of each subject, followed by a section on what the woman or girl did, and ends with a section "Shaking Up the World. Quotations by the subject, as well as sketches and illustrations by Sarah Walsh add to the life and impact of each on
Victoria B.
I really enjoyed reading this book - I learned a lot of new information about women who have changed the world with their inventions, discoveries, leadership, activism, and creations. It's an amazing book for girls who want role models (especially in the STEAM categories), as the women depicted cover multiple countries over the span of 3500 years, but the author also includes a couple of less-than-stellar examples and minimizes their darker/harsher side (looking at you, Indira Gahndi and Isabell ...more
layla  the b :)
OVERALL RATING:3.5/5 stars
AGE RATING: all ages

great things
🍓i love this kind of art style
🍓the overall design of the pages was well thought out
🍓 a pretty diverse range of women
🍓 a good introduction to women who "shook up the world"

not- so -great things
🍓the writing style was kinda funky and cumbersome. reminds me of when i'm trying to make my essay longer so i add excessive words
🍓I've seen this in other reviews and i agree; this book is overly saccharine, and skips over controversial assets of thes
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Katherine Halligan grew up near the beach in California with her nose in a book and her toes in the sand. She studied arts, literature, history, and languages, travelling and living all over the world. Her love of words and pictures led her to work as a publisher, writing over 100 books for children along the way. She lives—once again—near the beaches in California with her husband and their two d ...more

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