Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee

Bygone Badass Broads

Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these historic female pioneers. Starting in the fifth century BC and continuing to the present, the book takes a closer look at bold and inspiring women who dared...

Details Bygone Badass Broads

TitleBygone Badass Broads
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, History, Historical

Reviews Bygone Badass Broads

  • Nat
    Though I was struggling a bit at the start of this book with the super casual language used for chronicling each historic woman, I realized (rather quickly, thankfully!) that the modern take on these badass broads is exactly what makes this read that more approachable and original.My issue with previous feminist collections always stemmed from the fact that they came to read like Wikipedia-esque entries and as a result failed to keep me engaged. ...
  • Inge
    If someone ever tells you that you "fight like a girl", you better believe that's a damn compliment. These ladies were fierce. Not just physically, but politically, socially, intellectually. Badass broads indeed. What a great and interesting read.
  • Tran Thanh Tu
    This is kind of a new experience for me, reading non-fiction books is not really my thing, until NOW.This is a book comprised of inspiring women throughout history who somehow did not get enough public attention, and to me, it is amazing that this book did its job well, giving the rightful dedication to all these wonderful ladies. They should all be hailed and remembered for their amazing doings throughout history.And my reaction throughout this ...
  • royaevereads
    This book absolutely fascinated me - it accounts the incredible lives of a hugely diverse range of women. The art is beautiful and, just as I anticipated, Lee’s writing style is so witty and fun, making these women stand out as characters who I can’t get enough of. Full review to come on my channel soon :) Thank you to Abrams Books for sending me a copy for review. All opinions are my own.
  • Christine Spoors
    I've been excited about this book since Lee announced it and it definitely didn't disappoint. I don't ever recall hearing about any of these 52 wonderful women before reading this book, so I learned a lot! I think Lee did a good job at picking women from around the world to write about, it was also great to see gay women and even a transgender woman written about. I really hope that Lee and Abrams bring out a second book of Bygone Badass Broads i...
  • Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
    *Rated 4.5/5 stars
  • april
    Damn. Women are great.
  • Ana
    This book was so inspiring, and included so many of my fave historical figures and many more that I’ve never heard of. Working in a bookshop means I’ve seen so many of these beautiful new books that highlight the achievements of historical women, and I love the trend, but this has been my favourite so far. Lee makes a point to talk about women who weren’t white/straight/cis because they have been especially forgotten, and reading about them...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    Here's another great pick for Women's History Month: "Bygone Badass Broads." Not only does this book have a fabulous title but it has a great premise. Author Mackenzi Lee started a feature on Twitter to talk about all of these fantastic women from history that many don't know much (or anything!!!) about. History unfortunately has focused on white men. Lee is trying to get the stories of the amazing women that came before us out into the world and...
  • theresa 🌸🥑
    Triple E-entertaining,educational & empowering 🖤
  • Layla
    Julie d'Aubigny (Bisexual Swordswoman, Opera Singer, Hell-Raiser) was definitely my favorite. The book was empowering and I was never bored once reading it. Thanks Edie!
  • Jai
    The women featured in this book truly did change society and impact feminism. Many of the women in this book are homosexual, one is a transgender woman, many are women of colour, indigenous women, educated women, women from poor economic backgrounds. There is a role model for everyone, whether you aspire to be a dancer, a chef, a teacher, a scientist, or a writer. These women are empowering.I had not even heard of 49/52 of the women I learned abo...
  • Aoife
    I received a free copy of this book from Abrams Books in exchange for an honest review.Bygone Badass Broads is a wonderful picture book full of witty, interesting stories about amazing women that have (for some annoying reason) being left out of history books.From the Empress who discovered silk to badass pirate queens, this book is jam-packed with women that generally make you feel powerful and capable of anything life can throw at you. I enjoye...
  • Luna
    Have you ever heard of Empress Xi Ling Shi or Sayyida Al-Hurra? If yes you are doing so much better than me. Bygone Badass Broads has 52 amazing woman and much to my dismay I never heard of one of them. Thanks to Mackenzi Lee that’s changed. I really enjoyed this book. Each woman gets her own chapter with some seriously cool artwork. Personally, I view this more as a dip-in-and-out kind of read instead of going through the whole book from start...
  • Camryn
    So there was some aspects of this that were problematic (AAVE, deadnaming, this weird comment about penises) but I found it pretty awesome and inspirational overall. There were tons of women I didn't know about and a few favorites I was happy to see. Mostly, I'm glad these women are finally going to be known.
  • Leslie Ann
    A perfect read for Women's History Month. Mackenzi Lee highlights women from many different professions, eras, and countries (even the Philippines!), and tells their stories (any one of which could be the focus of the next Lin-Manuel Miranda musical - so hard to choose a favorite!) with wit and snark. And the art is fantastic. One shortcoming of the book is that the prose will soon be dated; keep your Urban Dictionary and memory of 2017 handy.
  • Chelsea B.
    What else is there to be said exceptyaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssqueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeensssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Kalie
    I could say a lot about this compilation and how much I reveled in each page and each entry (especially as someone who has long been a fan of Mackenzi Lee's Twitter series of the same name), but for now I will say this: I'm really glad this book exists.
  • Ezgi Tülü
    Blogda okumak için: bu tarz kitaplardan pek hazzetmiyorum çünkü fazlasıyla samimiyetsiz geliyorlar. Bunun da birkaç sebebi var:Mesela geçenlerde Yabancı Yayınları'ndan çıkmıştı bir tane. Kadın Savaşçılar. O kitaba puan verip geçmiştim, düşüncelerimi açıklamaya uğraşmamıştım ama bu kitabı neden beğendiğimi açıklamak için Kadın Savaşçılar'ı neden beğenmediğ...
  • Gunjan (NerdyBirdie)
    Women showed up when suffrage was discussed, and there was always cursory attention paid to Queen Elizabeth, Rosa Parks, Hellen Keller—all amazing women, but if I wanted to learn about nonwhite, nonwestern, not straight women, or any women beyond that token handful, I had to take a specialized course, the curriculum of which was usually overwhelmingly white, straight, cisgender, non-disabled women. Story Time: when I was younger and first hear...
  • Emily
    This book should be a module on my degree course.Where do I start with this amazing book? Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World follows 52 women that you probably haven't heard about, despite being absolutely awesome people. Out of the 52, I'd only heard of 2 of the women featured in this book before I read it. Now I've finished the book, I think that's pretty shocking. Every single one of these women deserve to be rememb...
  • Feisty Harriet
    Genius, excellent, inspiring, and told with a refreshingly modern spin, these short biographical sketches of mostly unknown (at least, to me) women throughout history include women of color, LGBTQ women, non-conforming women, smart women, brave women, women who broke the rules and then made new ones, women who were pioneers and revolutionaries and, overall, just made me want to get up off the couch and go DO something! The illustrations for each ...
  • Aicha
    Any story from history will always interest me, and this book held many stories that were all very fun and exciting to read, the writing style made them even more of a great read. It was light and funny and had me hooked from the start, some of these women i did hear about before but i learned a lot of new stuff that i'm now happy to know.Exactly the book that i'll gladly put on the throne of my favorite books of all time list.All the gratitude t...
  • Suellen
    March is Women’s History Month. Celebrating with this new release.