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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > NOVEMBER 2016 > Good intentions

Good intentions

Sam Maggs’s latest gives some unsung heroines their due


Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

Sam Maggs; Sophia Foster-Dimino, ill.

Quirk Books, Ages 14+

IN THE battle of the sexes, there is no denying that women have traditionally come out on the losing side. And since history, as the saying goes, is written by the victors, it’s not surprising that men and their accomplishments dominate the written record. With her latest non-fiction title for teens, Sam Maggs attempts to fill in a few missing chapters by bringing the stories of 25 intrepid females to the forefront. From an actual rocket scientist to a cross-dressing Canadian soldier, the women featured represent various time periods, disciplines, sensibilities, cultures, sexualities, and life stages. Beyond their intelligence, boldness, and unwillingness to take anybody’s crap, a couple of themes recur among the diverse group: all the women are presented as having very modern, feminist views, and almost all of them are screwed over by men.

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