Read an excerpt from History vs. Women, a collection of true stories celebrating the feminist heroes forgotten in our history books

It was Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (not, as many people believe, Eleanor Roosevelt or Marilyn Monroe) who famously said, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Ulrich wasn’t encouraging women to act out in order to be remembered; she was bemoaning the fact that many of the women who play big roles in history are ignored in our history books. But Anita Sarkeesian and Ebony Adams want to change that.

History vs. Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don’t Want You to Know is a collection of stories that have rarely been told—until now. Sarkeesian and Adams reclaimed the stories of 25 truly badass, remarkable women who bravely defied history to change the world. They identified five categories of women—Reckless Rebels, Revelatory Scholars, Ruthless Villains, Restless Artists, and Relentless Amazons—and present the fascinating true stories we need to know.

While there are well over 25 overlooked women in history, this captivating collection is a great place to start your education. The following pages from History vs. Women tell the stories of Khutulun, a warrior princess of Mongolia, and Lois Weber, the first women inducted into the Motion Picture Directors Association. Intrigued yet? Good, because there’s more where that came from.


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Khutulun, Relentless Amazon




Lois Weber, Restless Artist




History vs. Women hits bookshelves on October 2nd, 2018.

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