When Donald Trump stood on the podium during the 2016 presidential campaign and called Hillary Clinton a ‘nasty woman’ he could never imagine that it would become not only one of his most quoted lines, but the line that women all over the world took up and wore like a crown.
Since the off hand remark was made, writers and journalists have shown that through history the women who rocked the boat were the women who got things done, and the phrase has inspired lots of positive action.
This month a new nonfiction history book is released, and 100 Nasty Women from History is set to show the world just how much ‘nasty women’ have got done. The phrase has been taken to mean women who do things that are traditionally considered to be unladylike, women who are outspoken, and those who have pushed the boundaries, and 100 Nasty Women from History takes 100 women, born between 240 and 1932.
There are way too many women featured in the book to mention, but the book features women from history who changed the world.
Take Zenobia for example, born in the year 240 and married to King Odainat of Syria in 255. History remembers her as a mega babe, but she was one seriously boss bitch, hunting, battling and leading her own military expeditions, her husband was killed by the Romans in 267, but Zenoia just went off and conquered Egypt instead, becoming queen of half the world.
Or Njinga of Angola, born in 1583 she went on to become queen of the court and successfully kept the independence of the Ngongo and Matamba kingdoms against the Portuguese, reconquered lands, and despite leading fighters in regular skirmishes, died of old age in 1663.
Or maybe Jean Macnamara whose research led to the discovery that there was one than one strain of the polio virus. Her vital work was a direct step towards the eventual vaccine, making Macnamara the reason many of us have only seen polio in history books.
This book is witty, brilliant and diverse, including women throughout history and from all over the world. It’s out now, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to find it a Christmas bestseller.
Out March 6th!
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