Show your muscles: Strong Women by Kari Koeppel

Strong Women: 15 Biographies of Influential Women History Overlooked by [Kari  Koeppel]In the preface to this title, the author comments on the vast numbers of women that she could have chosen to profile.  That, in itself, is such good news.  Still, she chose well and this book is an interesting collection of biographies divided into three sections-Innovators, Change Makers and Ceiling Breakers.  I was happy to see that I knew about some of these women already, including Murasaki, Ada Lovelace, Ida Wells and C. J. Walker.  Other women were new to me and I enjoyed learning about them.

My impression is that anyone from an older elementary school aged child to an adult might enjoy this book. Reading the short profiles of  each of these women may well encourage further learning and research.

Many thanks to the publisher Callisto for this title in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher:

Just a few of the incredible women you’ll learn about:

strong women, girl power, girl boss, powerful women, women in history

strong women, girl power, girl boss, powerful women, women in history

strong women, girl power, girl boss, powerful women, women in history

strong women, girl power, girl boss, powerful women, women in history

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti


As one of the first girls to ever attend her elementary school, the first Nigerian woman to drive a car, the first African woman to visit China, and the first woman to found a Nigerian political party, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti lived a life full of firsts that would pave the way for others.

Policarpa Salavarrieta

(c. 1795–1817)

Policarpa Salavarrieta lived in a time of upheaval, when the people of what is now Colombia were in the midst of rebellion and bucking the tyrannical rule of the Spanish empire. She played an active role in the revolution, inspired a nation, and became a legend.

Murasaki Shikibu

(c. 973–c. 1014)

Murasaki Shikibu was born into an aristocratic family in 10th-century Japan, when an education was not considered necessary for a girl. Murasaki didn’t let social norms stand in her way. She went on to write what many consider the most influential work in all of Japanese literature.

Kate Warne

(c. 1833–1867)

Decades before women could join a police force, Kate Warne joined one of the most famous detective agencies in American history. The first female detective paved the way for thousands of women in the police and investi­gative services—and even helped save the life of President Abraham Lincoln.

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