March 26, 2018

Book Review: The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont


In 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 broke molds—including Maya Angelou • Jane Austen • Ruby Bridges • Rachel Carson • Shirley Chisholm • Marie Curie & Irène Joliot Curie • Isadora Duncan • Amelia Earhart • Artemisia Gentileschi • Grace Hopper • Dolores Huerta • Frida Kahlo • Billie Jean King • Audre Lorde • Wilma Mankiller • Toni Morrison • Michelle Obama • Sandra Day O’Connor • Sally Ride • Eleanor Roosevelt • Margaret Sanger • Sappho • Nina Simone • Gloria Steinem • Kanno Sugako • Harriet Tubman • Mae West • Virginia Woolf • Malala Yousafzai Open to any page and find daily inspiration and lasting delight. I envision giving this beautiful, fun and empowering book to my teen niece to inspire her. Like a traditional book of saints, each woman featured in the book has her own "feast day."  Although not every day is covered, one can read about a couple powerful and inspiring women per week to get you thinking. There are about 99 "saints" featured in all. The diversity of women covered is tremendous - you have Oprah, Malala, Madonna - as well as some pretty fantastic women I've never heard of such as Wangari Maathai (from Kenya), matron saint of sustainability; and Yayoi Kusama (from Japan),  matron saint of visionaries. From many ethnicities and many countries. Each "matron saint" gets a beautiful black and white portrait and a full page bio about her accomplishments.

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