[Blog Tour] Three Reasons to Read Wonderful Women of the World (ed. Laurie Halse Anderson)

I love anthologies, I love graphic novels for younger readers, and I love stories of real women who make this world a better place. I’m so happy to read a book that has all three!

Thank you, B/HI/ for giving me the opportunity to be part of this tour.

Publication Information

  • Publication Date: 28 September 2021
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Age Category: Middle Grade and Young Adult
  • Genre: Graphic Novel, Nonfiction

About the Book

Standing for truth, justice and equality, the iconic Super Hero serves as inspiration for the book which features 200 pages of profiles and portraits of 23 pioneering women from around the globe. Including tales of the real-world heroes who take up Princess Diana of Themyscira’s mantle and work in the fields of science, sports, activism, diplomacy, and more, WONDERFUL WOMEN OF THE WORLD brings together an all-star cast of authors and illustrators in this anthology of contemporary Wonder Women, and highlights how they’ve changed our world.

The talented roster of contributing creatives includes DC veterans Corinna Bechko (GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1), Cecil Castelucci (BATGIRL), Amanda Deibert (SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN), Kami Garcia (TEEN TITANS: RAVEN), Cat Staggs (SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN), Danielle Paige (MERA: TIDEBREAKER), and Magdalene Visaggio (ETERNITY GIRL), along with talented writers and artists new to DC who all introduce a global collection of trailblazing women with compelling profiles designed to inspire and educate young readers.

On-page representation: BIPOC women in sports, STEM, music, art, and publishing

Content/trigger warnings: racial, religious, ableist, and gender discrimination


Review

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley from B/HI as part of my participation in this blog tour. This does not affect my review.

1. It features women from varying backgrounds, industries, and socioeconomic classes.

Though it does feature the usual people covered in the media like Beyonce and Serena Williams, I love that the book also has space for women who are making strides in STEM and law. I also love that it tries to be inclusive by embracing women of different colors and sexualities and by featuring causes that are not limited to the United States. I especially appreciate the inclusion of Mariana Costa Checa, CEO of Laboratoria in Peru, and Francisca Nneka Okeke, first female department head of physics and astronomy in the University of Nigeria.

My favorite profile is that of Teara Fraser, a Métis pilot and the CEO of Iskwew Airlines. She is also the founder of Give Them Wings, a program that recruits indigenous people to be trained as pilots.

2. It highlights the work of artists and writers who have brought all these stories to life.

In her introductory note A Girl with a Hero Can Do Anything, editor Laurie Halse Anderson encourages readers to enjoy this book twice: first to be amazed at the real-life heroes who have achieved extraordinary feats in their own fields, and second to celebrate the efforts of the writers and artists in #TeamWonderWoman. She writes: “My role as an editor was mainly to watch in awe as the creators of these stories did the labor of condensing lifetimes of hard work and activism down to a few magical pages. Make note of the names of the writers and artists who really connected with your heart, then look up their other books and comics.”

In my opinion, anyone who honors the expertise and diligence of artists—especially ones who work to keep the subject of their pieces in the spotlight—is a great person. All their names are prominently displayed in the table of contents, and the last few pages of the book are dedicated to their profiles. In this book, my favorite artists are Lynne Yoshi and Michiums, and Traci Sorrell and Danielle Paige are my favorite writers!

3. It inspires readers to be their own versions of Wonder Woman.

Whenever Wonder Woman is on screen or on page, I feel like I can never be her because I don’t look like her or have the same advantages of being born royalty and of having access to a culture that trains and empowers women. However, reading all of these stories makes this ideal a little more accessible and a little more realistic than I could ever hope.


Hope you enjoyed my post!

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