Well-behaved women seldom make history and this collection of stories will prove just why that is true. Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen is an essential read that helps showcase the impact women have had on history and humanity as a whole. Shen takes the time to highlight women like Joan of Arc, Harriet Tubman, and Bonnie Parker who commonly cross our history lessons, but also the women that have fallen through the cracks of society like Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, and Aphra Behn, the first female professional writer.
Each page has a beautiful water color illustration paired with a short, but rich background story. These brave women have caused ripples throughout time, spanning from the biblical tales of Lilith to contemporary power houses like Oprah Winfrey and Tina Fey. All of these spies, warriors, queens, activists, scientists, and many more revolutionary women challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all of us. The daring nature of each of these women will resonate long after finishing; Bad Girls Throughout History belongs on everyone’s coffee table to be picked up and enjoyed with large cups of warm drinks.