The Motherhood Moment Blog reviews Marlene’s powerful book, Fabulous Female Firsts.
March is Women’s History Month, so it’s a great time to think about books that help celebrate amazing women throughout history. I recently got to see a copy of Fabulous Female Firsts and was amazed at what I didn’t know about amazing female trailblazers.
What surprised me most reading this book was how recent some of the entries were – either because women were finally being honored for contributions made decades prior, or because there are still so many firsts left (I have one daughter who wants to be the first female president, but I have a feeling that will happen before she’s old enough).
The book was well-written and provided clear mini-biographies of many women, some of which I had heard about before, but many of which were new to me, which made the book that much more enjoyable. The writing style was a little dry for my younger daughter, but my older daughter thought it was perfect because there wasn’t a ton of “fluff,” just important details about the stories. I have a feeling my younger daughter will appreciate it more as she gets a little older.
If you’re looking for a way to supplement history education, celebrate amazing women, or just learn more about lesser-known figures, this is a great book.
The Trailblazers Who Led the Way
Enough is Not Enough. That’s what she said. From rebel girls who refused to let their wings be clipped to the suffragettes who claimed new space for women, each trailblazer in this collection of biographies pushed the boundaries for what was possible for women in their time, even if it meant being seen as stubborn, improper, or just a trainwreck. Fabulous Female Firsts is in praise of “difficult women” who made the world a better place.
Societal mores of sexism and misogyny have kept generations of women on the sidelines of history. But in every era, there are women who refuse to sit back in the shadows. This book is a celebration of those women—the role models who proved that with enough daring and enough tenacity, the impossible can become possible.