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Rad Girls Can
Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women
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From the New York Times best-selling authors of Rad Women Worldwide and Rad American Women A-Z, a bold and brave collection of stories and art about inspiring and accomplished girls who have made...
From the New York Times best-selling authors of Rad Women Worldwide and Rad American Women A-Z, a bold and brave collection of stories and art about inspiring and accomplished girls who have made...
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  • From the New York Times best-selling authors of Rad Women Worldwide and Rad American Women A-Z, a bold and brave collection of stories and art about inspiring and accomplished girls who have made positive impacts on the world before the age of 20.

    You might know the stories of Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank, Jazz Jennings, and Joan of Arc. But have you heard about Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee who swam a sinking boat to shore, saved twenty lives, then went on to compete as an Olympic swimmer? Or Trisha Prabhu, who invented an anti-cyberbullying app at age 13? Or Barbara Rose Johns, whose high school protest helped spark the civil rights movement?

    In Rad Girls Can, you'll learn about a diverse group of young women who are living rad lives, whether excelling in male-dominated sports like boxing, rock climbing, or skateboarding; speaking out against injustice and discrimination; expressing themselves through dance, writing,...

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  • From the book Welcome to Rad Girls Can

    In this book, you’ll find fifty stories about all kinds  of girls and young women who’ve done incredible things—all before the age of twenty.

    Some of the girls featured in this book are well-known, iconic figures: people like Anne Frank, Joan of Arc, and
    Helen Keller. But many of these girls may be unfamiliar to you, either because they’re just beginning their rad journeys or because their stories haven’t yet received the attention they deserve.

    Most of the stories take place in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, but there are a few girls profiled from the nineteenth century, like Mary Shelley and Maria Mitchell, and several super-ancient stories (check out Khutulun, the Wrestling Princess, from the year 1260). Some girls, like Misty Copeland, Ruby Bridges, and Janet Mock, are now grown-up, successful women. Their stories focus on the amazing things they did when they were younger, showing how they got to where they are today. And finally, many of these stories are about girls who are young
    right now, like author and activist Marley Dias, singer/songwriter Lorde, and pro rock climber Ashima Shiraishi.

    Regardless of when  these girls did great things, this book is mostly about what  they did and how they did it. At some point in their lives, all of the girls in this book decided to go for it. They started fashion lines, blogs, and bands. They stood up for their beliefs and challenged injustice in their schools—and in the federal courts. They saw that something wasn’t right—and they refused to be quiet about it.

    The girls in these stories come from different backgrounds, cultures, and countries. Some have faced war, racism, poverty, and abuse, while others have lived safe, comfortable lives. Some helped shape laws, and some had to break the rules. Each girl in this book is as unique as her story—but they all share a sense of creativity, commitment, and courage. And they all care.

    Some of these girls’ accomplishments are epic. They get lead roles in movies and publish cool books, and they win Nobel Prizes and gold medals. But most change happens in small, incremental ways: one young person
    starts a hashtag on Twitter, a girl learns about an unfair law, a group of friends writes poetry about their
    experiences with discrimination. It takes hard work, dedication, and patience to make a difference. But it also takes a first step, that initial spark to get you from wondering Can I . . .?  to realizing I can! 

    You can find rad girls everywhere : In the lab, in the classroom, in the ring, and in the pool. They’re at the skate park, on the radio, and on the playground. They’re playing on soccer fields and basketball courts. They’re standing up at school and speaking out from the podium. They’re gathering at marches and rallies, and
    they’re connecting on the phone and online. And they’re here, in these pages.

    MARLEY DIAS 

    Born in West Orange, New Jersey, 2003 

    Eleven-year-old Marley Dias loves to read. She loves getting lost in a great story, imagining new worlds, and learning new things. But the more books she read, the more she noticed that most of the main characters, especially in classic books, were boys: mostly white boys, and sometimes, white boys with dogs. Marley didn’t mind reading about boys and dogs (or wizards or unicorns or fairies), but as a young black girl, she also wanted to see someone like herself as the main character. She wanted to imagine...

About the Author-

  • KATE SCHATZ is a feminist writer, activist, and educator. She is the author of the New York Times best sellers Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, and the accompanying journal, My Rad Life. Kate is the co-founder of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of feminist activist groups, and she speaks often about politics, resistance, feminism, race, parenting, and more.

    MIRIAM KLEIN STAHL is an artist, educator, and activist and the illustrator of the New York Times best sellers Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, and the accompanying journal, My Rad Life. In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and paper-cut and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School, where she has taught since 1995. Stahl is also the co-owner of Pave the Way Skateboards, a queer skateboarding company formed with Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer, and skateboarder Tara Jepson.

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  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2018

    Gr 5 Up-The author/illustrator pair of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide present a new book featuring 50 women and girls who, before the age of 20, made an impact on the world. In an informal writing style, Schatz describes each young woman in one to three pages. The subjects are diverse in race, nationality, and ability, as well as purpose-they are athletes, activists, artists, and more. The title includes such historical figures as Anne Frank, along with contemporary individuals. The latter will be the most meaningful to readers, as they may relate more to their struggles and triumphs, such as the Radical Monarchs, an activist scout troop, and Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee and Olympic swimmer. Stahl's cut-paper illustrations are outstanding, showcasing her talent in creating portraitlike depictions on nearly every page. Though the content is impressive, its organization is somewhat lacking. Unlike the previous two titles, the stories do not follow a consistent layout, and they appear in random order. The back matter includes suggestions for readers on how to become a changemaker and short descriptions of additional "rad girls," though there's no formal bibliography. VERDICT Amid the plethora of collective biographies available, this one stands out for its focus on young women. Despite minor organizational flaws, it is a worthy addition to public and school libraries.-Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    June 1, 2018
    Schatz and Stahl (Rad American Women A-Z, 2015, etc.) partner again to present young women and girls who have achieved great things. The subjects of the powerful profiles in this book are mostly teenagers, some as young as 10 at the beginnings of their journeys to greatness. Most readers will know such names as Anne Frank and Malala Yousafzai, but they will learn many new names as well. Stories like those of Misty Copeland, the American Ballet Theatre's first African-American principal ballerina, and Yusra Mardini, the young Syrian swimmer who pulled 18 other refugees through the sea to safety, engage readers with emotional depth and demonstrate the value of perseverance. Various ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds are represented in this mix of modern and historical figures, though most are from the United States and born within the past 100 years. The black-and-white papercut illustrations give a memorable impression of each girl profiled. The careful inclusion of Jazz Jennings, Janet Mock, and Amandla Stenberg makes room for multiple constructions of girlhood. Carefully researched and utterly compelling, this volume is hard to put down. At the end, a blank profile asks the reader to fill in their own rad reality and dreams for making the world a better place. Eight pages of "More Rad Girls" offer many more names to look up, and the opening "Note on Gender" acknowledges heroes and readers of all gender identities while upholding the value of a volume with girls at the center. Engaging and inspiring. (sources, index) (Collective biography. 10-16)

    COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Booklist

    Starred review from October 15, 2018
    Grades 5-8 *Starred Review* Following an introduction, Schatz and Stahl present 49 girls (50, once the reader creates their own profile at the end) who, before the age of 20, made positive impacts on the world. Whether taking action that led to legislative change (Mary Beth Tinker, Madison Kimrey), sharing a talent and breaking through norms (Misty Copeland, Lorde), or spearheading resistance (Joan of Arc, the Podg�rski Sisters), the women in these profiles show that no one is too young or too ordinary to effect change. The authors acknowledge and thank the boys and young men who have been allies, but unapologetically keep their focus on girls, both cis and trans. There are plenty of familiar names here?Anne Frank, Malala Yousafzai, Ruby Bridges?as well as girls who are less recognized, either because history has overlooked them or because they are active right now. The list is diverse and global, predominantly focused on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. An ending Research and Resources guide describes how the authors prepared for writing the book and lists some of their favorite sources, as well as links to current information about girls active right now. And if 50 girls isn't enough, there are several pages of More Rad Girls to further inspire.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

  • -Common Sense Media "Fascinating stories of women doing bold, pioneering, and meaningful things in times ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the present day. Lots to learn about in fields of science, medicine, mountain climbing, the arts, literature, and much more. Every story is eye-opening, whether the woman profiled is widely known or previously unknown outside her home country."

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