From the New York Times best-selling authors of Rad Women Worldwide and Rad American Women A-Z, a bold and brave collection of stories and art about inspiring and accomplished girls who have made positive impacts on the world before the age of 20.
You might know the stories of Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank, Jazz Jennings, and Joan of Arc. But have you heard about Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee who swam a sinking boat to shore, saved twenty lives, then went on to compete as an Olympic swimmer? Or Trisha Prabhu, who invented an anti-cyberbullying app at age 13? Or Barbara Rose Johns, whose high school protest helped spark the civil rights movement?
In Rad Girls Can, you'll learn about a diverse group of young women who are living rad lives, whether excelling in male-dominated sports like boxing, rock climbing, or skateboarding; speaking out against injustice and discrimination; expressing themselves through dance, writing, and music; or advocating for girls around the world. Each profile is paired with the dynamic paper-cut art that made the authors' first two books New York Times best sellers. Featuring both contemporary and historical figures, Rad Girls Can offers hope, inspiration, and motivation to readers of all ages and genders.
KATE SCHATZ is a feminist writer, activist, and educator. She is the author of the New York Times best sellers Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, and the accompanying journal, My Rad Life. Kate is the co-founder of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of feminist activist groups, and she speaks often about politics, resistance, feminism, race, parenting, and more.
MIRIAM KLEIN STAHL is an artist, educator, and activist and the illustrator of the New York Times best sellers Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, and the accompanying journal, My Rad Life. In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and paper-cut and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School, where she has taught since 1995. Stahl is also the co-owner of Pave the Way Skateboards, a queer skateboarding company formed with Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer, and skateboarder Tara Jepson.
"Carefully researched and utterly compelling, this volume is hard to put down."
"This book should be required reading for all elementary schools."
—W. Kamau Bell, Emmy-winning TV host, comic, and author
"The world belongs to young women. This book tells us who some of them are. Join them or get out of the way."
—Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket
"Inspirational, aspirational, and just all-around awesome, this book is a must-read for girls of all ages.”
—Kate T. Parker, author/photographer of Strong Is the New Pretty
"Rad Girls Can acts as the spark igniting the next generation of diverse (s)heroes.”
—Eva Lewis, age 19, artist, activist, and founder of Youth 4 Black Lives
"The Rad series just keeps getting better! The kids I’ve read this with are immediately engrossed—which I think is the most telling measure of a book. They flip back and forth through the pages wanting to know who each young person is, finding possibility in the stories of others both like themselves, and very different, from around the world."
—Innosanto Nagara, author of A is for Activist
“Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women offers a unique mix of girlhood experiences that readers of all ages will enjoy. Vignettes feature successful accomplishments of girls across a wide range of historical eras, cultural backgrounds, popular cultures, and religious affiliations whose artistry and expertise break boundaries and make a difference in the world--from author Anne Frank, astronomer Maria Mitchell, and activist Ruby Bridges to actress Amandla Stenberg, teenage transgender leader Jazz Jennings, and ballerina Misty Copeland. Through these powerful portraits of girls from all walks of life, from artists and athletes to scientists and scholars, Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl make a valuable contribution to the field of girlhood studies.”
—Dr. Nazera Sadiq Wright, associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky and author of Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century
Praise for Rad Women Worldwide:
"An international array of badass women through the ages and up to the present...[and] a happy contrast to so many Eurocentric "world" surveys."
"[R]eadily accessible to children and teens...Stahl's cut-paper portraits provide handsome visual tributes to the women."
"This collection of energetic profiles is sure to spark discussion and encourage readers passionate about women's history and rights to do further research."
—School Library Journal
"[F]resh, engaging, and inspiring tales of perseverance and radical success...pairing well researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits."
"Fascinating stories of women doing bold, pioneering, and meaningful things in times ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the present day. Lots to learn about in fields of science, medicine, mountain climbing, the arts, literature, and much more. Every story is eye-opening, whether the woman profiled is widely known or previously unknown outside her home country."
—Common Sense Media
"For an excellent new book about 40 pioneering women who challenged their societies' limitations on women, we highly recommend Rad Women Worldwide for ages 10 and up."
—A Mighty Girl