Women’s History Book Tag

Hi! Today I am here with Women’s History Book Tag. This tag was created by Margaret from The Weird Zeal last year to celebrate women who have inspired millions and women authors who have given us stories that have inspired us, helped us in our tough times and given us a place to reside when the world seemed too hard to live in! I wasn’t tagged, but it looked really interesting so I decided to do it. You can read the Margaret response to the tag questions here. Now, let’s begin.

Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag
Ada Lovelace (1815 - 1852) 
The daughter of famed poet Lord Byron, Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace — better known as "Ada Lovelace" — showed her gift for mathematics at an early age. She has been called "the first computer programmer" for writing an algorithm for a computing machine in the mid-1800s. 
Prompt: A book with an intelligent female character
Cover of Always Human

Okay, for this one I will go with Austen from Always Human by Ari North. Austen is both intelligent and very hard working. She has a particular syndrome because of which she can’t use mods (Always Human is set in future where mods are available to aid humans for different purposes such as to cure a disease or help in studies, etc), but even though she can’t use mods she is still able to be at par with other students who use them.

Amelia Earhart (1897 - 1937) 
Amelia Earhart, fondly known as "Lady Lindy," was an American aviator who mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while trying to circumnavigate the globe from the equator. She had several notable flights, including becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928, as well as the first person to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific. 
Prompt: An award-winning book that deserves the hype
Cover of We Were Liars

I will go with We Were Liars by E.Lockhart for this one. It was the winner of the 2014 Goodread’s Choice Award in Best Young Adult Fiction category. I know that by award Margaret probably meant awards that involve critics and judges and stuff, but issue is all the “real” award winning books I have read till date have been huge disappointments, so I am sorry but I have to go with We Were Liars for this one.

Rosa Parks (1913 - 2005) Rosa Parks was a civil rights leader whose refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her bravery inspired nationwide efforts to end racial segregation. Parks was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Award by the NAACP, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. 
Prompt: A book about a female character who doesn't do as she's told
Cover of Crier's War

When I read Rosa Park’s prompt card bio, the first character that came to my mind was Ayla from Crier’s War by Nina Varela. In Ayla’s world, if there were buses, if some Automae came to demand her seat I absolutely see Ayla doing exactly the same thing. I know she doesn’t fit the actual prompt that well because she doesn’t really do what she is not told to do literally, but just for being part of the resistance movement and also by trying to avenge her family’s death, she doesn’t do what she is told to do or rather is expected to do. So, I guess Crier’s War should qualify, what do you think?

Joan of Arc (1412 - 1431) A national heroine of France, at age 18 Joan of Arc led the French army to victory over the English at Orleans. Captured a year later, Joan was burned at the stake as a heretic by the English and their French collaborators. She was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint more than 500 years later, on May 16, 1920. 
Prompt: A book about a female warrior
Cover of The Gilded Ones

I will go with Deka from The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna for this one.

Mae Jemison (1956 - ) 
Mae C. Jemison is an American astronaut and physician who, on June 4, 1987, became the first African American woman to be admitted into NASA's astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47, becoming the first African American woman in space. 
Prompt: A book set in space
Cover of To Be Taught If Fortunate

As you all know I am not much of a sci-fi reader, so for this one I will go with a book that is on my TBR, To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers. If you have read this book do tell me if you liked it.

Marsha P. Johnson (1945 - 1992) Marsha P. Johnson was a transgender LGBTQ rights activist and an outspoken advocate for trans people of color. Johnson spearheaded the Stonewall uprising in 1969 and along with Sylvia Rivera, she later established the Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group committed to helping homeless transgender youth in New York City. 
Prompt: A book about LGBTQ+ characters
Cover of Written in the Stars

There are quite a few books I can recommend for this one but I guess I will go with Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur. Written in the Stars doesn’t have coming out trope nor does it have queer pain, it is just a cute romance to sit back and relax with. I know that this book is not a good fit for this prompt because of the woman this prompt is inspired by, but all the books about queer pain and struggle I have read are not by women authors, so I decided to go with one of my recent favourite LGBTQIA+ read for this prompt.

Queen Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603) 
Queen Elizabeth I of England claimed the throne in 1558 at the age of 25 and held it until her death. During her reign, Elizabeth I established Protestantism in England; maintained peace inside her previously divided country; and created an environment where the arts flourished. She was sometimes called the "Virgin Queen", as she never married. 
Prompt: A book about a woman in a position of power
Cover of Kings and Queens

I will go with Kings and Queens by J.N Eagles for this one. It is about a queen, so position of power. If you love novels in verse I would highly recommend this book to you.

Rosalind Franklin (1920 - 1958) 
Rosalind Franklin earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Cambridge University. She learned crystallography and X-ray diffraction, techniques that she applied to DNA fibers. One of her photographs provided key insights into DNA structure. Other scientists used it as evidence to support their DNA model and took credit for the discovery. 
Prompt: An underappreciated book
Cover of The Warrior Maiden

I will go with The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson for this. I don’t see anyone, literarily no one talking about The Warrior Maiden and I have no clue why because it is such a great Mulan retelling! If you like retelling I highly highly recommend this book to you.

Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941) 
Born into a privileged English household in 1882, author Virginia Woolf was raised by free-thinking parents. She began writing as a young girl and published her first novel, The Voyage Out, in 1915. She wrote modernist classics including Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and Orlando, as well as pioneering feminist works, A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas. 
Prompt: A book with beautiful writing
Cover of Star Daughter

When I read this prompt the first book that came to my mind was Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar. I think everyone who has read this book will unanimously agree on this one point, Star Daughter has one the most gorgeous writing ever!

Your choice 
Choose a historical woman who you are inspired by or interested in. As long as she hasn't already been listed, go for whoever you want! 
Prompt: A book that inspires you
A photo of Kadambini Ganguly

There are so many historical woman who inspire me, but if I have to choose one, I will go with Kadambini Ganguly. Kadambini Ganguly (Bengali: কাদম্বিনী গাঙ্গুলি; 18 July 1862 – 3 October 1923), along with Anandibai Joshi was one of the first two female physicians of India as well as from the entire British Empire. Kadambini, herself, was also the first Indian as well as South Asian female physician, trained in western medicine, to graduate in South Asia. She was also the first Indian women to practice western medicine in India. During a time when most Indian women were denied even the basic elementary education, Kadambini became a doctor, just think about it! As Kadambini is also a Bengali like me, she inspires me even more.

Cover of Idiot

I will go with Idiot by Laura Clery for this one. I have talked about this book so many times, so I am not going to rehash the same things here as well, but if you want to read my full thoughts on Idiot head over to this link.

I tag

Ella || Madeline || Ali || Dini || J || Erin || Nicole || El || You!

That is all for this post. Thank you so much for reading!

Before I sign off,

What books would you have chosen for these prompts? And who is that one historical woman who has inspired you the most?

18 thoughts on “Women’s History Book Tag

  1. Ahhh thanks so much for doing this tag! 😀 I loved reading all your answers for these questions. I barely ever see anyone talking about Always Human, but I absolutely LOVE that book! And thanks for teaching me about Kadambini Ganguly—I’d never heard of her before this, but she sounds truly inspiring.

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    1. Me too! I loved Always Human, especially the artwork. It was so so beautiful. It has been so many months since I read it, but I still remember the artwork so vividly. And the story was so cute!!! It is such a shame that this book is so underappreciated.
      Actually, I too didn’t know much about Kadambini Ganguly before last year. I knew her by name, but not much about her life and such. Last year, one of our Indian Bengali TV Channels decided to air a daily soap based on Kadambini’s life, and after seeing that show I really understood her struggle. Some men were so threatened by her, one of her professor even failed her twice in her MBBS final exam, it was so heartbreaking to watch. She faced so many challenges but still she kept going and going.

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