A fascinating page-a-day collection profiling extraordinary women of all races, eras, and nationalities.
Our past is full of influential women. Whether politicians, troublemakers, explorers, artists, and even the odd murderer, women have shaped society around the globe. But too often, these women have been unfairly confined to the margins of history.
On This Day She: Putting Women Back into History One Day at a Time corrects this imbalance. A day-by-day collection of inspiring stories about incredible women who made history but seldom received the acknowledgement they deserved, this book introduces readers to women of all colors, eras, and nationalities. From Queen Elizabeth I to Beyoncé, Doria Shafik to Lillian Bilocca, this book gives voice both to female icons and to those whom the history books have overlooked.
These women campaigned, cured, and adventured their way through life. They include musicians, painters, scientists, poets, and more. Spanning centuries, On This Day She is a record of human existence at its most authentic.
Jo Bell was an archaeologist for twenty years, working in the UK, Greece, and Turkey. She is an award-winning poet, broadcaster, and former director of the UK’s National Poetry Day. She is the founder of the global online poetry community The Poetic Licence.
Tania Hershman is a former science journalist and is now a short story writer, poet, and novelist specializing in hybrid and cross-genre writing. She has written and edited many books, including an anthology of stories inspired by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, and has a PhD in creative writing inspired by particle physics.
Ailsa Holland is an award-winning poet, an activist, and the director of poetry publisher Moormaid Press. Her research includes medieval literature and a PhD on British writers in 1930s Vienna. A TEDx speaker, Ailsa has given talks about On This Day She for audiences across Europe and the U.S.
Women have often been omitted from history, even though they were present and actively contributed. Bell (Kith), Tania Hershman (How High Did She Fly), and Ailsa Holland (The Lost Tale of Gawain) seek to correct this omission with this Twitter-inspired page-a-day collection of biographies of both famous and lesser-known women. Entries include historical, contemporary, and BIPOC women, and the range of accomplishment is breathtaking. The courage and tenacity of these scientists, artists, mountaineers, social and civil rights activists, educators, warriors, soldiers, and resistance workers, among others, shine through. This array of achievement will also provoke dismay and righteous anger: a number of entries state some were denied further education simply because universities did not then admit women. Many women refused to accept the status quo. Others were pioneers in their fields, only to watch male colleagues take the credit, be awarded prestigious honors, and claim the financial benefits. This illustrated compendium’s enjoyable daily entries will inspire readers to undertake further research. The strong, brave women tumbling from its pages will be a welcome addition to reference and history collections.
This thoroughly enjoyable, slightly addictive almanac celebrates a different woman for every day of the year…. The brief but insightful biographical essays are written from a witty feminist viewpoint, and are quick to point out instances where women's achievements have been ignored, dismissed, or misappropriated…. These individual profiles are just the right length to be read aloud in classrooms or shared at other events. This accessible reference will come in handy for March—Women's History Month—and every other day of the year.
5/15/23, Booklist: Named a TOP 10 REFERENCE 2023, saying, “This thoroughly enjoyable, slightly addictive almanac celebrates a different woman for every day of the year, covering each subject in a brief, one-page portrait written from a witty feminist viewpoint.”