Girl Squads by Sam Maggs

Girl Squads

A modern girl is nothing without her squad of besties. But don't let all the hashtags fool you: the #girlsquad goes back a long, long time. In this hilarious and heartfelt book, geek girl Sam Maggs takes you on a tour of some of history's most famous female BFFs, including: • Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the infamous lady pirates who sailed the seven seas and plundered with the best of the men • Jeanne Manon Roland and Sophie Grandchamp, Parisi...

Details Girl Squads

TitleGirl Squads
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherQuirk Books
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, History

Reviews Girl Squads

  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    This rolled up in the mail just as I finished The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy so I dropped right into it to continue my great adventure reading about badass women. What’s super cool is that some of these stories tied back into The Lady’s Guide as Lee was inspired by some of the women featured here - the Edinburgh Seven, the female pirates, and so on.A really solidly enjoyable read about badass women, most of whom I didn’t know a...
  • Inge
    I love reading books about awesome women. Bygone Badass Broads, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, I devour them all. Reading these books is fun, educational, and empowering.Girl Squads is no different. It tells twenty stories about historically amazing female friendships through five distinctive categories: sports, science, war, politics, and the arts. It's also incredibly diverse: from 90-year-old mermaids in Jeju to the first all-female orche...
  • Beatrizmallow
    There's plenty of books about the forgotten women of history that are being published lately and this book is a part of that movement. It tells the stories of fantastic and heroic pioneer women in many fields: sports, science, arts...The main difference between this book and all other is that this doesn't focus on individual women but in what we would now call "squads", groups of women being awesome, breaking boundaries and helping each other. Th...
  • Kirstin (gryffindorkwinchester)
    I have had the opportunity to meet and see Sam Maggs speak a few times, and have loved her books in the past! Sam truly is the epitome of a cool, feminist, nerd! She speaks inclusively and her books are validating and empowering and Girl Squads was no exception! This book focused on exactly how much is possible, when women come together to accomplish something! And it really showed how powerful we can be when women support women. Not to mention, ...
  • cenninsbookreviews aka Book Dragon Queen🐉🐉🐉&#
    Great, interesting, strong characters, fantastic variety of girl squads. Highly recommended.Thank you to both NetGalley and Quitk Books for giving me the opportunity to read ’Girl Squads’ in exchange for my honest unbiased review.
  • Shannon the Book Dragon
    A lovely collection of tales of beautiful friendships of real life women. I adore picking and choosing between sections I don't know much on and being able to learn about some amazing women I didn't know about before! It's a really inspiring read!
  • Kerri
    I’m obsessed with these stories, this writing and this book in general 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
  • Angharad (Two Book Thieves)
    Full review here!
  • Sarah
    This book was so empowering and exciting. It was really cool to learn about different friendships around the world and across time. I’ve been really loving the female friendship trend out there lately so this book was perfect. Definitely recommend! Thanks NetGalley for the advanced copy!
  • Jayni
    I loved this! it was so uplifting and empowering and something I think everyone, regardless of gender, should read because it follows the stories of so many women from so many different places all over the world during so many different time periods that literally everyone has the chance to gain some new perspective :-)4.5/5 🌟
  • Samantha Puc
    I received an advanced egalley of Girl Squads through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can read that review in full on my blog, or read an excerpt below.***Give me a book that explores historical figures in short, illustrated essay format, and I’m so there. There are a number of books that do this really poorly, it’s true, but the ones that get it right get it really, really right. Luckily, Sam Maggs’ new book, Girl Squads: 2...
  • Rachel
    This book was absolutely phenomenal. I love books that bright light to the women who have impacted history, because they are so often left out of history books. Women have always been active participants and change makers in our world, but their contributions have often been actively overlooked, erased, or ignored. Books like Girl Squads show us that all we have to do to discover the amazing women changing the world is to look. Girl Squads tells ...
  • Gemma McGee
    Girl Squad: 20 female friendships that changed history was a surprised book mail from Quirk Books. Once I pulled it out of the envelope I was looking forward to reading it. I love History and I have study Feminism so this book is right up my alley. Girl Squad is split into 5 groups;Athlete SquadsPolitical & Activist SquadsWarrior SquadsScientist SquadsArtist SquadsAll the Squads span all different period of history even up to 21st century. The s...
  • Beth
    So much of history as it is written revolves around dudes. Men who did things, applauded because they did things or found things or what-have-you. But women, well...they've been pretty effectively scrubbed from so much of history, for so many reasons. It wasn't "proper" or "how dare she" or "not good enough" much nonsense. This book, however, aims to change at least some of that. Women have been doing awesome things for a long time, and quit...
  • Paige
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Sam Maggs has put together a wonderful book that details the lives and feats of some of histories greatest Girl Squads. The reader is taken through warrior squads, artist squads, scientist squads and many more, there are 20 stories within this book and while Maggs can't give every story huge amounts of detail what Maggs does give you is a great outline of each group, where you can g...
  • Liesl
    I have been loving the trend of anthologies celebrating influential women which have been coming out lately, and this is one of the best of the bunch. Decent length descriptions of a variety of women from a range of countries and fields, several of whom I had heard of, but plenty that I hadn't. A light-hearted narrative voice and humorous asides make sure it doesn't get too heavy, but at the same time leaves the reader in no doubt just how amazin...
  • Kayla
    I absolutely loved this book! It was incredibly empowering and funny. I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times while reading it. Even in today’s world I often find women are descriminafed against and every once in a while I need a kick to remind me how badass women can be. I should never forget my potential but even so this book was such an eye opener and was also entertaining! As a female scientist, that portion of the book was obvio...
  • Andrea
    *I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review*There have been a lot of women/girls biography books come out in the past few years and I have read most of them, but this book brings something new to the genre for a few reasons.1. It focuses on groups of women. Women are so often pitted against each other but this book shows how friendships made these women great.2. The stories are longer. Instead of just short intros into a pe...
  • Victoria
    Sam Maggs writes great books about women in history, and Girl Squads continues that greatness as she writes about teams of women who have worked together to make history.Representing a great range of people from the skiing sisters, Shirley and Sharon Frith to the Patriotic Women’s League Of Iran to The Red Lanterns Shining in China, this book covers a variety of squads that worked together to create and do things and does it well. With funny mo...
  • Jen
    ** I received an advance reader copy of this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway. **This is a well-written, easy to read and fun exploration of various female friendships/teams throughout history that changed the world in one way or another. From the female volleyball team from Japan that changed both the sport and gave the Japanese people a reason to be proud again after WWII to the women in Finland who fought for equal rights in the earl...
  • Tabby Shiflett
    A good introduction to some amazing women and their contributions to women's equality, specifically for a younger audience. Although the writing is witty at times, sometimes it's just a little annoying. However, that being said, the mini bios included in this collection are stories that should be shared. A good start for anyone wanting to read more detailed biographies of these women. The women portrayed are from different cultures, locations, an...
  • Cat
    Must have must read book for all females! I had never heard of most of these amazing women before this book and I now makes me wonder who else did history miss?? From divers to pirates, to princesses! Everyone who's done anything to advance our cause is in it! Why aren't these women revered as much as men?? Good and interesting read! Well researched!I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.
  • Diane
    Very well written book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The book gave some great examples of what is possible when strong women band together to change their environment & the world. I wasn't aware of most of these examples, so I got peak into history too. The stories are great examples of what women are able to accomplish when they work together instead of trying to tear each other down, which unfortunately happens way too often.
  • Heather
    There have been quite a few titles published in the last few years that give short essays on women (and their accomplishments) that history seems to have forgotten. Girl Squads is the first one I've seen about women supporting women and the accomplishments that were made as a result of that support. The short entries span recorded history and are divided into sections devoted to the arts, science, sports, politics/activism, and warriors. The squa...
  • lisa
    Yet another book about the forgotten women of history, and how amazing they were, but this one has a unique view as it focuses on groups of women, or female friendships. As always, I hated the flippant tone of the book, and the weird asides that made references to Netflix and Wonder Woman, but what female wouldn't love a book that focused on the empowering female friendships throughout history? I would recommend this for any girl of any age.
  • Markie
    This is a great educational read for teens and up about some amazingly awesome women throughout history that changed the future for women. The author also has some pretty hilarious notations throughout the book that cracked me up and are very "girl power" positive. I learned a lot about these different groups that I hadn't known before. Worth the read and a fun learning experience.
  • Lynne