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REVIEW: A History of Britain in 21 Women

” Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men, and its monarchs. To say that it’s high time that it was defined by its women falls some way short of an understatement.”


How I haven’t heard of this book before, I do not know. This is so up my street! Half of the women featured in this book I’d heard of, the other half I hadn’t, either way, it was wonderful and features one of the most powerful pieces of writing I have ever experienced; Fanny Burney’s re-counting of her mastectomy.

This book needs to be on every little girl’s bookshelf. When I read books like this, I become so obviously aware of the lack of women role models I had as a child. Boys should also learn about these amazing women; just as little girls learn so much about successful men. But it’s not the same; young women need inspiration and idols to look up to and follow. All of these women were badasses who kicked butt. And I loved it.

I would have picked a few different people, but this wasn’t my book, it was Jenni Murray’s. I personally would have added: Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein and child of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, Bernadette Devlin, Irish MP at 21 who I studied for my degree and personally inspires me to commit to my beliefs and values, and fictional character Leslie Knope from Park & Rec because if you’ve seen it, you know why and if you haven’t cancel your plans.

But that’s the point really, every girl should have a selection of amazing women who inspire them to reach their potential and they should be able to find them before they’re in their early twenties and go searching. The answer? Put this book on the curriculum.

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