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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by…

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World (2018)

by Pénélope Bagieu

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With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.… (more)

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BRAZEN is an amazing and enlightening book, encompassing history, art, music, literature, sexual challenges, and beyond!

It opens with The Bearded Lady and moves through The Wizard of Oz and Nellie Bly to Dr. Mae Jemison with Non-Fiction
biographies in bold CAPS at the top and fiction accounts below.

Penelope Bagieu's cartooning expands and enhances the fun and understanding in ALL directions
and her artwork, notably for NZINGA, totally captures each of the women, their courage (often at an early age!),
love, accomplishments, and messages.

Hedy Lamar was the most welcome surprise and Temple Grandin, who supports animal experimentation
despite her cattle whispering, the least.

It also would have made President Obama's legacy stronger if he had come through for Lawyer Jesselyn Radack.

My daughter and I hope the next volume comes out soon.

It would be good to see Mildred Fish Harnack, Wisconsin Justice Shirley Abrahamson, and, for fun,
the statue of Forward with the Badger on her head that stands above the Wisconsin State Capitol. ( )
  m.belljackson | Jul 15, 2019 |
Using her own magnificent illustrations, Penelope Bagieu tells the stories of multiple women throughout history who managed to make a difference. Some of the subjects, such as Hedy Lamarr or Josephine Baker, may be familiar to audiences, but the vast majority of these kick-ass women will be new to most readers. It's a refreshing way to look at the power and resilience of women throughout history.

The illustrations at the end of each section are truly artistic masterpieces!
  RickLizotte | Jul 14, 2019 |
There are dozens of books dedicated to women (well-known and less so) who defined their field and couldn’t care less about what society and established norms had dictated for them. Many of these books are successful, others are a bit problematic. Allow me to say that Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu is probably the best I’ve read.

Including widely diverge choices, Bagieu gives voice to women from every continent and presents their lives’ work through a carefully crafted and extremely successful combination of humor, feistiness, sassiness and absolute respect. She is meticulous in her approach - she even includes thirty more rebel ladies as honourable mentions- and her illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Without further ado, let us meet women who refused to conform and became pioneers and idols in their fields.

Clémentine Delait from France: The Bearded Lady who rocked the world.

Nzinga from Ndongo (present-day Angola) and Matamba: Fierce enough to kill a few men who just didn’t get her ideas of equality and social justice.

Margaret Hamilton from the USA: The Witch of Oz. Enough said.

Las Mariposas. Patria, Minerva and Maria Theresa Mirabal from the Dominican Republic: Three sisters who resisted Trujillo, the tyrant of the Dominican Republic, and gave a powerful boost to the fight for freedom.

Josephina Van Gorkum from the Netherlands: A woman who didn’t succumb to the frivolous fights of different religious dogmas, her only religion being love.

Lozen, an Apache warrior and shaman: Fierce and loyal to her people’s principles.

Annette Kellerman from Australia: The woman who changed swimming and liberated the world from ‘’swimsuits’’ that were actually cages.

Delia Akeley from the USA: The first woman to cross the African Continent.

Josephine Baker from the USA: French Resistance Fighter, artist, philanthropist and all-around legend.
Tove Jansson from Finland: The mother of the Moomins and a brilliant artist and activist.

Agnodice from Greece: The first female gynecologist who showed the men in Athens how the job is actually done.

Leymah Gbowee from Liberia: A tireless activist who has been fighting against domestic violence. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

Giorgina Reid from the USA: The woman who saved the Montauk Point Lighthouse.

Christine Jorgensen from the USA: The first person to become widely known in the States for having sex reassignment surgery. She became an actress and a legend for LGBTQ+ rights.

Wu Zetian from China: A legendary empress who put a stop to the ‘’rights’’ of the corrupted aristocracy and provided equality and justice to her people. Ferocious and stormy.

Temple Grandin from the USA: Animal whisperer and one of the first who drew attention to the various aspects of autism, free from taboos and prejudices.

Sonita Alizadeh from Afghanistan: A young woman who uses music as a medium to speak of the injustices that have been plaguing her homeland, to speak against being sold as a ‘’bride’’, against a society that lives in its own dirty bubble.
Cheryl Bridges from the USA: The woman who defied every stereotype in the world of athletics and became the first woman to finish a marathon in under 2h 50min.

Thérése Clerc from France: An activist for women’s rights and dignity in old age.

Betty Davis from the USA: An artist who wasn’t afraid to honour sexuality and liberation.

Nellie Bly from the USA: An investigative journalist, war correspondent, explorer, etc. A pioneer in her field.

The Shaggs from the USA: Reluctant rock artists and extremely brave girls.

Katia Krafft from France: Volcanologist, explorer, scientist.

Jesselyn Radack from the USA: The lawyer who exposed Bush and his sequence of terrible lies following 9/11

Hedy Lamarr from Austria: Inventor, multi-linguist, fighter against fascism, legendary actress.

Naziq Al- Abid from Syria: An activist born in a privileged family that never forgot her roots. She fought against the Ottomans and the French conquerors. She campaigned for women’s right to vote and the publication of feminist authors.

Frances Glessner Lee from the USA: Her miniatures changed Forensic Science forever.

Mae Jemison from the USA: The first black woman in space. Defying racial prejudices, she collected degrees and changed the perceptions towards environmental studies.

Peggy Guggenheim from the USA: The patron goddess of Modern Art.

It just doesn’t get any better than that! ( )
  AmaliaGavea | Jun 17, 2019 |
Originally published in French. This graphic novel-format collective biography showcases brief looks at the lives of 29 women, from Mae Jemison, astronaut, and Nellie Bly, pioneering journalist, to many lesser-known women such as: Clémentine Delait (an actual Bearded Lady), Agnodice (Greek gynecologist), Wu Zetian (Chinese empress), and Katia Krafft (a volcanologist). I really liked the funny bits of dialogue and self-expressions from the women, their sarcasm at the discrimination they faced, and overall, their spirit and determination. Illustrated in 9-panel comic strip format, with a mix of colors. Each piece ends with a full-color two-page spread single image of the woman portrayed. LOVED the art. The author included a biographical portrait of herself, too! A very inspiring book for girls and everyone who likes to read about different and important people. ( )
  GoldieBug | Nov 29, 2018 |
This was just a wonderful collection of mini biographies in comic form. This book is just delightful, informative, interesting, funny, inspiring, and absolutely worth getting your hands on.

It's full of short biographical comics of 29 women both in history and present day who weren't satisfied to behave like others thought they should. Some of the women were familiar to me but most were not. All of the stories were fascinating and well portrayed by the author/artist.

I loved that it was such a variety of women from different time periods, cultures, and locations. Some of these women made their mark as young women and others much later in their lives. My favorite was about Cheryl Bridges who was a pioneering female runner. I loved how it casually mentioned her daughter Shalane without even mentioning Shalane's last name (Flanagan as in Olympic medalist and NYC Marathon winner).

The artwork is wonderful and I loved that the author included her own biography at the end. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Nov 14, 2018 |
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Clémentine Delait, bearded lady -- Nzinga, Queen of Ndongo and Matamba -- Margaret Hamilton, terrifying actress -- Las Mariposas, rebel sisters -- Josephina van Gorkum, obstinate lover -- Lozen, warrior and shaman -- Annette Kellerman, mermaid -- Delia Akeley, explorer -- Josephine Baker, dancer, French Resistance fighter, matriarch -- Tove Jansson, painter, creator of Trolls -- Agnodice, gynecologist -- Leymah Gbowee, social worker -- Giorgina Reid, lighthouse keeper -- Christine Jorgensen, reluctant celebrity -- Wu Zetian, empress -- Temple Grandin, animal whisperer -- Sonita Alizadeh, rapper -- Cheryl Bridges, athlete -- Therésè Clerc, utopian realist -- Betty Davis, singer-songwriter -- Nellie Bly, journalist -- The Shaggs, rock stars -- Katia Krafft, volcanologist -- Jesselyn Radack, lawyer -- Hedy Lamarr, actress and inventor -- Naziq al-Abid, activist aristocrat -- Frances Glessner Lee, crime miniaturist -- Mae Jemison, astronaut -- Peggy Guggenheim, lover of modern art.
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