The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont

The Little Book of Feminist Saints

This inspiring, beautifully illustrated collection honors one hundred exceptional women throughout history and around the world.A Stylist Must-read Book of 2018In this luminous volume, New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant, and surprising biographies with stunning full-color portraits of secular female "saints" champions of strength and progress. These women broke ground, broke ceilings, and...

Details The Little Book of Feminist Saints

TitleThe Little Book of Feminist Saints
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, History, Biography

Reviews The Little Book of Feminist Saints

  • Nat
    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for in terms of feminist collections. I mentioned before in my reviews for equally striking books (Bad Girls Throughout History & Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls) how I’m not keen on Wikipedia-esque entries, instead, I prefer anecdotes that bring the women back to life through words. And oh, how Julia Pierpont delivered with The Little Book of Feminist Saints.“These entries are not meant to serv...
  • emma
    what? oh, sorry, i only read nonfiction anthologies of the stories of under-discussed badass women from history alongside beautiful art's a rebrand for the to come?? who can say
  • da AL
    Outwardly charming & lovely, this seemingly sweet little book sinks deep into the heart with the seriousness of how so many sung & unsung heroines exist...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestWow! This has been a fantastic month for feminist reads for me. I read about five times more than normal and all of them, with one glaring exception, have been excellent. THE LITTLE BOOK OF FEMINIST SAINTS is a fun little book packing a surprising amount of feminists and strong/progressive women. Each woman gets her own mini section, with an abbreviated bio presented vignette-style, and, of c...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Like A Glorious Freedom, this is a celebration of women’s achievements, especially those that have been overlooked. Each “matron saint,” presented in chronological order by birthday, gets a two-page spread, with a full-color portrait on the left (by Manjitt Thapp, a young British artist) and a very short biographical essay on the right that highlights the saint’s background and her contribution towards greater opportunities for women. The...
  • Alice Lippart
    Always great to read these types of books.
  • Lorilin
    This is a short and concise book that highlights important women over the years. There is a crazy range of personalities in here, from all different countries, religions, areas of expertise, and time periods.Featured women are artists like Yayoi Kusama (who used art as a way to process her hallucinations), actresses like Bea Arthur (who embraced her deep voice and tall stature to portray tough, no-nonsense women), explorers like Amelia Earhart (w...
  • Krystal
    This captivating book brought a diverse collection of both renowned and lesser known feminist trailblazers to life with vivid illustrations and meaningful details about why they should be remembered!
  • Amber
    Very beautiful illustrations and I really liked the diversity of women present in this little book. The tidbits about these women's lives also made them feel more dynamic and memorable, rather than just a straight list of facts & accomplishments. With the descriptions of the women you felt you could see a bit of their personalities. Of course, it's also a helpful guide to what these women have accomplished and how they are important figures to th...
  • Paula Bardell-Hedley
    “Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution.”Malala Yousafzai, Matron Saint of Students (Feast Day 12th July)Its publication date scheduled to coincide with International Women's Day, Julia Pierpont's The Little Book of Feminist Saints is a joyous celebration of one hundred women who achieved something of significanc...
  • Jen
    If I could give this book a million stars, I would. I cannot say enough good things about this book. This book is like chicken soup and some sort of massive energy drink for my inner beast mode feminine soul.Celebrating women such as Ada Lovelace, Wilma Mankiller, Sojourner Truth, Sally Ride, Malala Yousafzai, and so much more, and modeled after the "Saint of the Day" books, Pierpont looks at a diverse cross section of women throughout history. C...
  • l.
    It’s a cute idea but:- the art isn’t great. some figures are unrecognizable and there’s no real thought put into how they’re being portrayed. depictions of saints generally reflect something about them and their lives; these don’t. - some inclusions are... bhutto?? madonna?? hillary clinton??- the blurbs are not great tbh- it’s too white. an attempt was made but over half are still white and unnecessarily so. honestly I think at this ...
  • Shomeret
    I loved the concept of Matron Saints. I decided to post a list of my favorite ones above my desk in case I wanted to dedicate a blog post to a Matron Saint. There were unexpected nuggets in some of the one page profiles. My only complaint is that I wish Pierpont gave us source notes.My favorite Matron Saint title was the Matron Saint of Going Off Script which Pierpont bestowed on Marlene Dietrich.One of my favorite stories was the one about Shirl...
  • Hannah
    Lots of inspiring women’s stories here - I just wished that each mini biography was a bit longer. Some felt rushed while others went into more detail. Overall, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to add more feminist books to their library. Thank you, Random House, for sending me an ebook ARC in exchange for an honest review. I can imagine the illustrations are really beautiful in print!
  • AleJandra
    Pop Sugar Reading Challenge 2018Un libro acerca del Feminismo. Reseña pendiente…
  • Helen Power
    The Little Book of Feminist Saints is quite the treasure and I’m thrilled that I had a chance to read it before it was published. Modelled after the format of the Catholic little books of saints, Pierpont chose an interesting format that works well for the content. While reading this book, I sometimes recognized the well-known male counterparts in the bios of women that I hadn't even heard of. This is evidence enough of how much a book like thi...
  • Laura
    When I first picked this book, I thought, oh another book about famous women. Wonder if I'll learn anything new.Answer, yes, yes, I did.This is more than just short histories of famous women. This is a collection that calls out why these women are famous and should be known about, and what they were known about. Yes, it is odd to make it out to be saint days, but why not? And these are not light little nothings about famous women. These are all s...
  • Jesica DeHart
    When a book inspires you to learn more, to strive and imbues you with awe then it settles into your heart. I will take the lives introduced in this book with me to challenge me going forward in life!
  • Geoffrey
    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)To try and sum this up as succinctly as this work’s various entries, “The Little Book of Feminist Saints” does two things incredibly well. The first is how it educates. Yes, it mentions many of the prominent women that one would expect, such as Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Amelia Earhart, etc. However, it also provides more exposure to many of the great women that w...
  • Carol
    All through high school I kept a list of famous women. Not actresses or celebrities, but women who made their mark, women who were game-changers. Maria Mitchell, Lucy Stone, the Bronte sisters. By the time I graduated I had pages of names to back me up whenever a boy scoffed and said "Women can't do that." Yes, we can, I said - which took guts, because I was a shy girl, but being told I couldn't do something merely because of my gender made me an...
  • Mainon
    Really cool idea. Each of the featured women is named a matron saint--for example, Harriet Tubman is the "Matron Saint of Freedom"--and given a feast day, followed by a short biography. I learned a lot, actually. Did you know Tubman (at around age 40) became the first woman to lead an armed assault during the Civil War? The Combahee River Raid, led by Tubman and Union Colonel James Montgomery, and remembered by the New York Times as 'arguably the...
  • Rebecca
    Lovely little gem of a book highlighting the lives of fascinating women as saints. Each Saint is commemorated with her own feast day and beautiful vibrant icon like art. My favorites includes Barbara Jordan 'Matron Saint of the Constitution' ,Juana Ines De La Cruz 'Matron Saint of Intellectuals' and The Mirabal Sisters 'Matron Saints of Rebels'. Some Matron Saints were women who I was unfamiliar with, but enough information was given to pique my ...
  • Lauren
    Cute book that didn’t so much as tell a biography of these women but defined their spirits and I really liked it. I learned a lot from this book and I think I might end up giving this a gifts.
  • Savannah
    Wow! Wowowowowow. I learned so much. I had always heard of many of these women, but had never known their stories. Wow!I love reading nonfiction and telling everyone around me (mainly my mom) interesting facts that I learn, and this book supplies plentiful facts that are extremely interesting. Geez I love history.I’m really gonna have to get myself a copy of this. These women are so inspirational. I had seen Julia Child’s kitchen in the Smith...
  • Emily
    My only frustration is I can't find stand-alone, or more in-depth, books on some of these amazing ladies. My interest is piqued, with nothing to sate it.
  • Amanda Winesett
    This book is beautiful. Every woman is drawn in iconic saintly imagery, so that you truly see the "aboveness" of her. I knew many of these stories and feel invigorated by them all. I ordered several copies and will keep one in my now to give away when the time is right. Read this.
  • Devann
    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalleyThis was a really great book and I liked how they did several things to set it apart from other similar books. Each feminist 'saint' has her own entry with a portrait, what she is the 'matron saint' of, a feast day [picked from some important date in her life], and a brief page-long entry about her life. I liked that they decided to just focus on a single event or quote from each woman instead of ...
  • Anna
    Won from a Goodreads' giveawayA short, informative read about a variety of feminists, past & present, from all around the world and all walks of life.Rather than bombarding you with a Wikipedia article's worth of information, Julia Pierpont picks a choice bit about each of the women she writes about that gives you a clear idea of who they are, and why they belong in The Little Book of Feminist Saints. Simple yet charming portraits by Manjit Thapp...
  • Rachel- Goodbye Borders
    This is a fantastic book for anyone who wants to learn about some of history's fabulous women. The timing of this is perfect for Women's History Month. The only think "wrong" with this is there were so many great women to pick from. How do you narrow it down? There are some absences in this one. However, that is countered with women who the average person has heard of (Yayoi Kusama, Forugh Farrrokhzad, Maria Montessori, and The Mirabal Sisters an...