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Let Us Celebrate Those Brazen Women Who Stepped Out of Convention and Into History.

By March 8, 20195 Comments


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.


  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paperback 
  • 296 pages
  • Published March 6th 2018 by First Second
  • Original Title Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
  • ISBN1626728690 (ISBN13: 9781626728691)
  • Edition Language English
  • Series Les Culottées #1-2


  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Graphic Novels & Comics (2018)

My Thoughts

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. The thing is that these women who are amazing pioneers or brave often overshadow courageous women who stepped out of the norm and should be recognized. That is the magic of this book. It celebrates women who should be celebrated but do not necessarily have a national holiday named after them or a roadway.

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 husbands 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 has a few page spread giving background on her life and celebrating some big moments. The vignettes also discuss what has happened after they have passed away, if applicable, and the legacy they left. The graphics are simple, but effective and lovely. I read a little of it to my four-year-old, and she loved it but I was into it also. It is stories and graphics for all ages.

Highly Recommend.


I checked this out of the library.

About the Author

Pénélope Bagieu, (born 22 January 1982 Paris), is a French illustrator and comic designer. She became known for her comic blog My quite fascinating life.

Penelope Bagieu graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economic and Social studies, she spent a year at ESAT Paris, then at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris and then at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Multimedia and entertainment, where she graduated in December 2006.


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