Her Story

Once again we’re going through a nonfiction read. This time it is a colorful book of biographies entitled Her Story: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World.

Summary: Designed like a scrapbook or collage, Her Story tells the story of women who are truly inspiring. These are women who are not just renowned for being women, but for women who did things that no one had done before or for doing great good for their people, their country, and the world. The book is separated into sections for those who were pioneers in different fields. For example, while you may find women like Joan of Arc or Harriet Tubman in the “Believe and Lead” section, you’ll find artists like Beatrix Potter and Billie Holiday in the “Imagine and Create” section. The book does its best to give an impartial view of the lives of these woman, discussing their triumphs as well as their failures. No one is a perfect leader and the book does its best to show that many of the women in the books were as human as the rest of us.

My Thoughts: While this book is aimed at girls, I recommend this read to anyone. Heroes are not relegated to being models for just members of their own gender. Those who do good can be an inspiration for anyone. That having been said, I don’t necessarily think every single woman featured in this book is a role model for children or adults. Their stories are not particularly inspiring in any manner; personally I don’t find someone living as they liked cause to prop a historical figure up as a hero. That is not to say the majority of the women in this book don’t deserve their spot – most do! I still highly recommend this book as it is one of the few on the market that manages to shine a light on some of the women in history without spending a lot of time putting their male counterparts down.

Parental Advisories: I’d recommend researching the lives of the women you don’t know too much about and discussing their lives with your children. Letting your child get only a brief exposure and then thinking that the policies and ideas they advocated for were great because “a book said so” is one of the surest ways to do your child a disservice. Other than that, this book is ready to hand to your kids.

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