- Comic: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu
- Staff Member: Julie
So this book was actually one of our book club nominees and I really wish it had won because it’s a fantastic look at a huge group of different women who led amazing lives. The book is broken up into small chapters, each profiling a different woman – everyone from Josephine Baker to Wu Zetian. Bagieu’s previous books, Exquisite Corpse and California Dreaming were already great comics about strong, intriguing women and Brazen takes that framework and profiles every cool lady rebel you’ve never heard of because all too often history favors the men over women. I love that she profiles women dead AND living- women still fighting for equality in their fields, women still not as well-known as their male counterparts, and women who simply couldn’t take it anymore. I think this is an excellent purchase for this month (Women’s History Month!) and a book that will hopefully teach you a thing or two about why women rock this world.