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4,000 Years of Uppity Women (2011)

by Vicki León

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A quirky little read...which leaves the reader wanting to dive into the original 4 volume series from which these tidbits were drawn. ( )
  Martialia | Sep 28, 2022 |
It was alright. I'm a big history fan (and have a degree!) but this book, while marginally interesting, just left me feeling blah about the whole thing. Very quick read though. ( )
  jpeterman | Jul 10, 2020 |
A series of short vignettes about women who have not fit the mold of what has been expected from them by society. Some of these are women who are not well known in history; others are very well known indeed, for instance, Cleopatra and Eleanor of Aquitaine. These were women who took their fate in their own hands, or otherwise broke the mold that society tried to force them into. Notably missing, for some reason, was Hypatia of Alexandria, a strange oversight in such a work. The writing is light and breezy, tongue-in-cheek, with occasional puns, some of which will fall flat with anyone not well versed in Gen-X culture. Overall, a satisfying book, especially if you want a bit of light reading. ( )
  Devil_llama | Aug 4, 2013 |
A comprehensive collection of strong women who defied the prevailing conventions of female behavior. The subtitle sums it up pretty well: "Rebellious Belles, Daring Dames, and Headstrong Heroines Through the Ages."

It's an interesting premise and the stories are good ones. They range from "The Great Singer" Ur Nanshe (2500 BCE Mesopotamian entertainer), to Queen Kapiolani (19th century Hawaiian queen and social reformer). The chronological arrangement is broken into Ancient Times, Medieval Times, Renaissance, and New World. The selections are excellent; good women, bad women, political women, criminal women, inventing women, religious women, military women, athletic women, so many and all fascinating.

My one problem with the book, and it was extremely annoying, was the too-casual tone of the writing. Example: "Exasperated and fearful, Ankhesenamun shot off another message, saying, in essence, "This isn't a mass mailing! I haven't asked anyone else - just you. Send me a spare son pronto, and I'll make him husband and king of Egypt!" She does this with nearly every entry, and it can be quite jarring. ( )
  MerryMary | Sep 23, 2012 |
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To Paul Anders Ogren, who delights in the printed word, the perfect Brugmansia, and the planet's uppitiest women --A loving thank you.
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Introduction: Over the last 4,000 years of recorded history, uppity women have rocked as many cradles as the other gals, but they've rocked a lot of boats as well.
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