Book Review: Once Upon a Time in Birmingham - Women who dared to dream
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In our Me Too moment, with women stepping forward to control the narrative, the children's non-fiction marketplace is being slowly overtaken by feminist tomes like Once Upon a Time in Birmingham: Women who dared to dream. The collection revolves around women from the Birmingham area, spotlighting their achievements and contributions to society. It includes 30 inspirational ladies who've made an impact, each featuring an illustration and biographical information about their lives.
Images courtesy of The Emma PressThe list of women ranges from gold-medal winning Olympian Denise Lewis to the inspiring Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 after speaking up for girls around the globe. It's a wonderul mix of role models, moving from historical to contemporary from one page to the next, and a delightfully diverse one at that. Some particular favourites were Constance Naden, whose scientific and poetic legacy in Edgbaston has led to an award for English scholars at the University of Birmingham, and PC Andrea Reynolds, who helped to found the first Black Police Association. The examples of inspirational women range across disciplines, with the book featuring artists, activists and scientists alike, marking it apart from many of the other anthologies on the market, who tend to spotlight a particular aspect of female history (or HERstory).
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