Forgotten Women: The Leaders

Forgotten Women: The Leaders

by Zing Tsjeng


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Forgotten Women is a new series of books that uncover the lost herstories of influential women who have refused over hundreds of years to accept the hand they've been dealt and, as a result, have formed, shaped and changed the course of our futures. From leaders and scientists to artists and writers, the fascinating stories of these women that time forgot are now celebrated, putting their achievements firmly back on the map.

The Leaders weaves together 48* unforgettable portraits of the true pioneers and leaders who made huge yet unacknowledged contributions to history, including Grace O'Malley, the 16th century Irish pirate queen; Sylvia Rivera, who spearheaded the modern transgender rights movement; and Agent 355, the unknown rebel spy who played a pivotal role in the American Revolution. Chapters including Rebels; Warriors; Rulers; Activists and Reformers shine a light on the rebellious women who defied the odds, and the opposition, to change the world around them.

*The number of Nobel-prize-winning women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788400411
Publisher: Octopus Books
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Zing Tsjeng is the UK Editor of's female-vertical Broadly. The channel focuses on women's issues and has been hailed as the 'slickest feminist platform around'. Zing has also become a spokesperson for millennial women, writing for Dazed, the Guardian and Broadly.
is the first open directory of female professional illustrators from around the world. It has been featured in Vogue and on the Huffington Post.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

The Rebels 13

Carlota Lucumí 14

Grace O'Malley 18

Christina of Sweden 22

Doria Shafik 26

Lakshmibai 30

Agent 355 33

Noor Inayat Khan 36

Njinga Mbandi 40

Virginia Hall 44

Ranavalona I 48

Tarenorerer 52

The Warriors 55

The Trung sisters 56

Tomyris 60

Khawlah bint al-Azwar 64

Mochizuki Chiyome 68

Qiu Jin 72

Edith Margaret Garrud 76

Ching Shih 80

Zenobia 83

Amina of Zazzau 87

Matilda of Tuscany 91

Tamar of Georgia 95

The Rulers 99

Hatshepsut 100

Töregene Khatun 102

Brunhilda of Austrasia 106

Zoë Porphyrogenita 110

Catherine de Medici 114

Anacaona 118

Catherine the Great 121

Jadwiga of Poland 125

Isabella of Castile 128

Seondeok of Silla 132

Eleanor of Aquitaine 136

Sammu-ramat 140

The Activists 143

Sylvia Rivera 144

Concepción Picciotto 148

The Mirabal sisters 152

Lillian Ngoyi 156

Jayaben Desai 160

Nazaria Lagos 164

Mary Ann McCracken 168

The Reformers 171

The Radium Girls 172

Zitkála-Šá 176

Ruth Simpson 180

Shirley Chisholm 184

Jeannette Rankin 188

Ida B Wells 192

Sojourner Truth 196

Endnotes 200

Bibliography 204

Illustrators 210

Contributors 215

Index 216

Acknowledgements 224

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