Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit. Against overwhelming adversity, these remarkable women raised their voices and changed history.
With her one-of-a-kind wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world-famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
My Thoughts on Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
Often when discussing women in history it is the same few women, Joan of Arc, Marie Curie, Jane Austen, or Rosa Parks to name a few. They are great women and have earned their place in the annals of history. However, these great pioneering women tend to cast long shadows often obscuring the quieter successes of the pioneering women who should be recognized.
That is the magic of this Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World.
It celebrates women who should be celebrated but do not necessarily have a national holiday named after them.
Do you want to learn about the first bearded lady or the first gynecologist? Or, Georgina Reid – the woman who set out over twenty years to save a long-abandoned but beautiful lighthouse? You do, you really do.
Georgina Reid was a little old lady who noticed that after finding her and her husband’s dream coastal home, they were losing about a foot of erosion off of the cliff face the home perched on. Pretty soon Georgina’s garden would literally fall by the wayside. With no engineering experience, Georgina started to study Japanese terracing techniques. Working tirelessly, sometimes by herself or sometimes with her husband, she remedied the erosion by building terraces of sand and plant. She stopped the erosion of her property while her neighbors eroded away. Next stop, The Montauk Lighthouse. Built-in 1795, the lighthouse is a longstanding and loved feature of the community that had been recently decommissioned due to erosion. Georgina began to tackle the problem and it took her 17 years. She worked constantly for 17 years. She saved the landmark and this woman is a brazen rebel lady.
We need role models like this for people to celebrate.
Joan of Arc was an amazing woman. She led a revolution. But she is far removed from mine and my daughter’s comprehension. Georgina Reid is someone I can teach my daughter about and who we can relate to. She is one of many brazen women featured in this graphic novel and worth the celebration.
Each of the selected women in Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World has a few pages spread giving background on her life and celebrating some big moments. The vignettes also discuss what happened after they passed away, if applicable, and the legacy they left. The graphics are simple, but effective and lovely. I read a little ofBrazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World to my daughter, and she loved it. I did as well. It is stories and graphics for all ages.