Who run the world? GIRLS!

It goes without saying that I am a feminist. An intersectional feminist and I am proud to be one. So when Quirk Books offered me a chance to read and review Sam Maggs’s new book about great women, I couldn’t say no. Not to mention I loved her Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy.

wonderwomenWonder Women by Sam Maggs
Publication Date: October 4th 2016 by Quirk Books
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★
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Ever heard of Allied spy Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim woman whom the Nazis considered “highly dangerous”? Or German painter and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, who planned and embarked on the world’s first scientific expedition? How about Huang Daopo, the inventor who fled an abusive child marriage only to revolutionize textile production in China?

Women have always been able to change the world, even when they didn’t get the credit. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs introduces you to pioneering female scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors—each profile a study in passion, smarts, and stickto-itiveness, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino, an extensive
bibliography, and a guide to present-day women-centric STEM organizations.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

This book celebrates women. It acknowledges significant contributions of different women in different fields such as innovation, science and medicine.

I really love how informative and enjoyable this book was and I appreciated Sam Maggs’s narration of their stories because it’s so much easier to read and understand. Her writing makes these women more relatable.

The cover says 25 women, but really it features so much more. I have to admit that I have no idea who most of these women were, except for a few ones like Ada Lovelace, Dr. Fe del Mundo (who’s a Filipina too!), Sacagawea, Amelia Earhart, and Marie Curie. And I really love learning about these women because their stories about success were really empowering and inspiring. Especially for the ones who excelled in their field during the old times where women were only considered for household work. It brought me so much joy to read about them.

I think this book is really educational and I would consider it to be recommended for educational libraries and courses. Also, with how the book is written (and it comes with beautiful illustrations too!), it’s easier for others (read: men lol) to read it. This book also challenges sexism and misogyny in our society, which I think we all should really topple. I’m glad this book exists, I’m glad there are people like Sam Maggs who  writes about these people, these women who deserves far greater recognition because they literally changed history and significantly contributed a lot to the society.


Quirk Books has commissioned illustrators and artists  Jen Bartel and Paulina Ganucheau to create very special, very exclusive extras for everyone who pre-orders.

You can get these beautiful wallpapers once you pre-order Wonder Women. In addition, everyone who pre-orders will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a framed print signed by the artists including Sam Maggs.

For more information, check out Quirk Books’ post here.


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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Wow, this book seems fantastic! I’d love to get my hands on it. I bet you felt empowered while reading it. Also, love the title and feel it goes well with the subject matter of this post. Great review!

  2. Yay, I’m glad you liked it Inah! :D
    I also received this book to review – I thought it was a super informative book too! I had never heard of most of the women, and I absolutely loved how diverse the women were as well – they were from so many different backgrounds, and that was super encouraging!
    Lovely review!! :D
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