When you think of people in history — artists, writers, leaders, activists, you name it — what names immediately pop into your head? Maybe you think of famous artists like Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Michelangelo, writers like Shakespeare or Milton, leaders like Caesar or Napoleon or activists like Gandhi.
How about the internationally famous sculptor Edmonia Lewis? The 17th century English poet, playwright and spy, Aphra Behn, or prolific diarist Harriet Arbuthnot? Queen and Admiral Artemisia I, trusted advisor of Xerxes, or Queen Sayyida al-Hurra who was a pirate equal in power to Barbarossa? Or Dorothea Lynde Dix, a social reformer and pioneer in the movement for humane treatment of mental illness?
Many more amazing women’s names have been lost to history. Sons’ names, dates of birth, and deeds were diligently recorded while daughters went uncounted and forgotten. (Genghis Khan had four sons with his wife Börte: Jochi, Chagatai, Ögedei, and Tolui. They also had daughters, but no ones knows their names or even how many there were.)
I don’t know about you, but this really pisses me off. I want to know more about the lives of these amazing women. I want their names to be as well-known as their male contemporaries. I don’t want them to be forgotten anymore.
On Amazing Women In History, I blog about all the kick-ass women the history books left out. In this book, you’ll find the five most popular posts from the blog:
Mary Anderson, inventor
Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar
Carmen Amaya, Queen of the Gypsies
Katharine McCormick, biologist & millionaire philanthropist
Ana Nzinga Mbande, fearless African queen
Download this book & read about the impact these amazing women had on history, and don’t forget to check out the blog for more!