Book Of The Week: ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’

Feminism is a dirty word these days but if you strip away the debasing headlines and everyday misogyny then you discover its true meaning;


Men and women treated equally.

It seems so simplistic when it’s written down right in front of you. So chuffing obvious. Equal pay in the work place. An equal shot at achieving a dream. What parent, male or female, wouldn’t want this for their daughter?

Matt bought this book for his girls on a trip to London recently. I love the book and I love what his purchase represents. It shows me that there are two feminists in our family, and a couple of budding ones as well. We are two parents determined to instill gender equality in our children. We want them to believe that they can achieve the unachievable, despite all the dissenting voices.

Written by Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst who was instrumental in achieving votes for women, this book is fun and educational with lots of cute illustrations.

Each double page spread is dedicated to another great woman in history. One who chipped away at that great, glass ceiling for the benefit of us all. Some of the women described include;

  • Jane Austen
  • Gertrude Ederle
  • Coco Chanel
  • Marie Curie
  • Anne Frank
  • Amelia Earhart

And what a range of achievements they are.  All deserve to be celebrated equally by boys and girls alike.

I loved this book and so did my daughters. The writing was a little advanced for my 4 and 6 year old but they were happy for me to read it whilst they pointed to all the colourful pictures and snippet boxes packed with info.

This book is a journey through history. It’s a glimpse at a group of women who triumphed against all odds. It’s inspiring and informative, and is now a firm favourite in our family.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is available in all good book shops.

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  1. April 27, 2017 / 11:11 am

    I LOVE this book! Another really good one is Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide. Both by Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl. Highly recommend! I’m glad that you have two feminists in the house. We’re the same and I think it’s so beneficial for my daughter to see her father supporting equality openly and vocally.

    Great post! Really enjoyed reading it! 🙂

    • April 27, 2017 / 11:16 am

      Thanks Alisa! I’ll be sure to check those books out. I love getting new recommendations. Thanks for commenting xx

  2. April 27, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    This looks like a super book! I’ll keep an eye out for it. I think my nieces would love it.

  3. April 27, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    This looks like a really good book, something I can stick my nose in! Great post aswell really enjoyed reading this one😊

  4. April 27, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    I really want to read this for myself – but what a great idea to help guide our daughters! I couldn’t agree with you more.

  5. suzanna
    May 10, 2017 / 9:23 am

    This looks a great book. It might be a little bit old for my grandkids at the moment, but definitely one to read with girls and boys.

  6. May 14, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    This sounds like a brilliant book for little ones. I think it’s so important for both boys and girls to grow up feeling proud of these incredible women and the journey that they went through to fight for equality. Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

    • May 14, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      Quite right! That’s why I love this book so much too 🙂 Thanks for hosting xx

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