Why a Book Highlighting Global Women Is Necessary for This Moment

Kate Schatz (L) and Miriam Klein Stahl (R). (Photo: Ten Speed Press)Writer Kate Schatz (left) and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl (right) are the creators of Rad Women Worldwide. (Photo: Ten Speed Press)

Rad Women Worldwide introduces readers to some of the “artists and athletes, pirates and punks, and other revolutionaries who shaped history.” Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl, who brought us the acclaimed Rad American Women A-Z, now tell the illustrated stories of inspiring, persevering women from all around the world and from 430 BCE to 2016. Click here to order your copy from Truthout!

In a largely patriarchal world, Rad Women Worldwide highlights women who have been “artists and athletes, pirates and punks, and revolutionaries.” Writer Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl are not interested in rule-following women from the establishment. They reach right out to focus on the rabble-rousers, the peacemakers, the gifted creators — and other women who break through the gender barrier with conviction, intelligence and commitment. Far too many of their stories go untold in a gender-biased world where men are regarded as the people who change history.

Truthout talked with Schatz about how Rad Women went worldwide.

Mark Karlin: We interviewed you in November of 2015 about The New York Times best selling book Rad American Women A-Z, of which Rad Women Worldwide is the sequel. How did you come to the decision to write a global tribute to “rad” women spanning the globe and history?

Kate Schatz: Once we finished Rad American Women A-Z, we knew immediately that we wanted to create another book. Since the first one was limited to just American women, an international version made sense. It was also the resounding suggestion we heard from readers — from parents and teachers to kids, people asked if we were making a book about women from all over the world. Given the terrifying rise of nationalism and xenophobia around the world and in our own country, we knew a book highlighting global women was necessary.

Given the countless number of women…

Read more