With all due respect to Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt, the “Cool American Women” chapter of most history textbooks is a bit stale. If you’re the kind of guy who encourages his daughter to turn a Lego Friends juice bar into a flame-throwing mega-bot — or if you want to teach your son what it means to be rad (and radical) — get thee to a local Amazon pick them up a copy of Rad American Women A-Z.
The book covers the alphabet by swapping out Apples and Zebras for Angelas and Zoras — as in political activist Angela Davis and author Zora Neale Hurston. In between, you’ll find short profiles of women spanning multiple generations and professions, as well as a diverse swath of racial and ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. The whole thing puts traditional textbooks to shame with vivid wood block-style illustrations that look like they came from a 50s-era, Soviet superhero comic (if Carol Burnett was a Soviet superhero).
Rad American Women will give your kids an appreciation for the traditionally less-heralded role that women have played in our nation’s history — this might be the first thing you could call a “Herstory Book” with a straight face.