Cattive ragazze. 15 storie di donne audaci e creative
(Badass girls. 15 stories of bold and creative women) Book not yet available in English
What does Olympe de Gouges, who lived in France during the French Revolution, share with Angela Davis, a 20th-century Afro-American activist? And Marie Curie and Franca Viola? Or Nellie Bly and Miriam Makeba? And also, Elvira Coda Notari, Nawal El Saadawi, Antonia Masaniello, Aleksandra Kollontaj, Alfonsina Morini Strada, Claude Cahun, Domitilla Barrios de Chungara, Hedy Lamarr, and Honorina Brambilla. Independent, bold, unconventional, and determined, these women changed history over the centuries and across the continents. What they have in common is precisely the fact that they are women. Fifteen women, fifteen lives, fifteen stories of courage and freedom.
The tale of the lives of women who changed history with their choices and actions is renewed and the classical biography is turned into a graphic novel. The book is organized into fifteen chapters, each composed of four panels preceded by a brief introduction. The portrait that emerges from these few pages is vivid, at times moving, and manages to capture the essence and spirit of these women. What unites the fifteen stories – stories of writers, leaders, scientists, activists, philosophers, singers, painters, directors, creators of themselves – is not only the fact of being women, but also of being “badass”: they challenged conventions and prejudices and fought for their freedom, each in her own way. One of the merits of the book is to tell even less popular stories, encouraging girls and boys who are just beginning to write their story to discover the lives of those who have shaped their destiny with courage. The book, as pointed out by Cecilia D’Elia in her introduction, is not only for girls, but was conceived to be read also by boys: “women’s freedom concerns also men, because it changes also their lives.” Winner of the 2014 Andersen Award for Best Comics, the book is now published in a new coloured edition. Sinnos also uses the highly legible font “leggimi graphic” (read me graphic) for this book.
Edited by: Centro MeTRa (Italy)
Illustrator(s): Riccardi, Sergio
Age Range: 6 - 10
Original Language: IT
Keywords: Empowerment, Famous personality, Female characters, Positive role model, Rights
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