365 Days of Gutsy Women

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A book review of 365 Days of Gutsy Women by Rosemary Roenfanz

A book review of 365 Days of Gutsy Women by Rosemary Roenfanz

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Rosemary Roenfanz (2021)
Women’s History
426 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: 365 Days of Gutsy Women reveals hidden stories of fearless females from the beginning of time. Traditionally women were kept out of history books or simply forgotten in our patriarchal culture. This book provides a daily glimpse into the lives of courageous women who have gone before us. You will discover their stories, one for each day of the year. On Wednesday, you may learn about Mary Anning, a British fossil collector who discovered dinosaurs. On Friday, read about Queen Nanny of the Maroons, an 18th century African who successfully freed more than 1000 slaves on the island of Jamaica. Sunday you may read about the Hindu Goddess Parvati, known as “Mother Goddess” representing a universal source of energy and power. Throughout the book, you’ll read of artists, musicians, educators, philosophers, rebels, authors, poets and innovators who fought gender, racial and religious bias.

365 Days of Gutsy Women

Have you ever wanted to know more about women in history? If so this is the perfect book. It’s a secular book so if you are looking to study women of the Bible this is not the book. It does talk about Goddesses though but in a cultural way. As the summary says, you can read about artists, musicians, educator, philosophers, rebels, authors, poets and innovators.

The book is set up as a secular devotional. It says Week 1/Day 1, Week 2/Day 2 and so on. The biographies are split up so that each day of the week is a different type. For example Mondays are Activists/Rebels while Sunday is Goddesses.

For each biography you will find her name, a quote (except Goddesses), a quick intro into who the woman is and then more text about the woman. Finally there is a Did you Know? section. The book seems to be in a sort of alphabetical order. It’s not a perfect order but the beginning of the book is more of the beginning of the alphabet and the end is more the end of the alphabet.

Honestly I’ve not heard of almost all of them but that just shows how much I need to read the book. Men in history are always more well known. It’s for that reason that I’ve chosen to use this book next year in my homeschool as a morning read aloud. I highly recommend it for that purpose. But you can totally read it yourself.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.