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Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History | Sam Maggs
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A fun and feisty tour of famous girl BFFs from history who stuck together and changed the world. A modern girl is nothing without her squad of besties. But don't let all the hashtags fool you: the #girlsquad goes back a long, long time. In this hilarious and heartfelt book, geek girl Sam Maggs takes you on a tour of some of history's most famous female BFFs, including: * Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the infamous lady pirates who sailed the seven seas and plundered with the best of the men * Jeanne Manon Roland and Sophie Grandchamp, Parisian socialites who landed front-row seats (from prison) to the French Revolution * Sharon and Shirley Firth, the First Nations twin sisters who would go on to become Olympic skiiers and break barriers in the sport * The Edinburgh Seven, the band of pals who fought to become the first women admitted to medical school in the United Kingdom * The Zohra Orchestra, the ensemble from Afghanistan who defied laws, danger, and threats to become the nation's first all-female musical group And many more! Spanning art, science, politics, activism, and even sports, these girl squads show just how essential female friendship has been throughout history and throughout the world. Sam Maggs brings her signature wit and warmth as she pays tribute to the enduring power of the girl squad. Fun, feisty, and delightful to read--with empowering illustrations by artist Jenn Woodall--it's the perfect gift for your BFF.
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shelbyy
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Enjoying this book about female friendships throughout history. I‘ve haven‘t heard of any of these women and they‘re all so inspiring 💜

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balletbookworm
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to LIKE this. There‘s a lot of good information here - history that goes beyond white, wealthy women to feature girls/women from diverse eras of history and geographic locations. But the tone of the book kept putting me off. Normally, quippy and snappy would be a treat, but here I wondered who the intended audience was. It sounded more like middle grade/teen girls but oblique references made me think this was meant for adults.

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Mitch
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Looking for a postbox and spring - where did it go! #jb. I hope the letters not too wet @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

squirrelbrain It really feels like winter again up here in the North - it might even snow tomorrow! 🥶 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s cold here again too!!! 🥶 10mo
Mitch @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @squirrelbrain Spring was short, summer must have happened in my sleep and we‘re back to winter! 10mo
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Mitch
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From my street to yours (hopefully!) #jb

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Mitch
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I‘m super behind - sorry lovely ladies! Tell me where did March go?? But they‘re in the post tonight. 😘#jb

wanderinglynn That‘s what I‘m wondering—where did March go? I‘m still behind on so many things including correspondence & reading! 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It definitely flew by! 10mo
Mitch @wanderinglynn @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I feel like I‘ve been sucked through a vortex that went from Feb 26 to April 1 🤨 10mo
Bookishthoughts Agreed! 10mo
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monalyisha
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Reading about The Haenyeo, real-life mermaids from the island of Jeju in South Korea. They‘re free-divers, following a tradition dating back to 400 AD, who hold their breath for two minutes at a time, for up to seven hours a day, to collect sea life with their bare hands. They‘re “consistently the island‘s primary earners”, they support their families (40% of their husbands are unemployed), & they‘re “a true sisterhood”...

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monalyisha 1/3: “...acting as midwives & caregivers for the elderly, setting up shelters for victims of domestic abuse, helping with the Hanenyeo School And Haenyeo Museum, & ensuring their work is as eco-friendly as possible — all this despite only 2% of haenyeo in 1965 having a secondary education (many of those haenyeo still being active today.” And also while actively being derided & shamed by their society until very recently! (edited) 12mo
monalyisha 3/3: Watch & listen to their magical songs & breathing techniques here: https://vimeo.com/42216544 12mo
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nelehelen I love their story and what they‘re about. ♥️ 12mo
academiconbreak I've been curious about these women for a long time! Added to my TBR! 12mo
monalyisha @academiconbreak Sweet! It‘s just one, tiny section... but I was fascinated! 12mo
aeeklund Have you seen that Lisa See‘s upcoming novel is about them?! 12mo
monalyisha @aeeklund NO! 😍 Added! 12mo
LeahBergen Wow! So cool. 12mo
Clare-Dragonfly Wow! I‘d never heard of them—thanks for sharing! 12mo
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LizzieLou
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The arrival of women, of half of humanity to culture, is one of the greatest revolutions of our era of revolutions.

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HardcoverHarlot
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When doing readathons, I like to break up longer books with something I can dip in and out of. This looks like the perfect palate cleanser between my novels and memoirs! #24in48

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bookandbedandtea
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Sounds really good. Ebook on sale till the 14th.

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AutumnRLS
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Christmas with friends.

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rachelsbrittain
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Pickpick

This books is coming out in a few days and if you like a) the power of female friendship b) feminist books with wonderfully conversational and funny writing c) learning about all the amazing women who have had an important role in history but who's stories were overlooked / forgotten / erased then add this book to your tbr right now! Without a doubt one of my favorite books is September. Could barely put it down. Highly, highly recommend.

Mindelan If you liked, it definitely check out her book about women in science. I loved it for a lot of the reasons you listed here. I can‘t wait to read this one and honor the accomplishments of more amazing women! 1y
rachelsbrittain @Mindelan yess!! Thank you for the rec! I loved it so much I fully plan to check out her other books 😊 1y
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rachelsbrittain
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How to describe this book other than phenomenal? I'm a big believer (because it's true) that women have always been active change makers & participants in history, their stories were / are just often hidden, overlooked, or actively erased. & this book brings light to so many amazing groups of ladies & female friendships that have impacted their communities, cultures, or the world. Highly, highly recommend.

Mindelan Oh my god I loved Wonder Women and I can‘t believe I missed when this came out! Can‘t wait to read this, thanks for posting! (edited) 1y
rachelsbrittain @Mindelan you're so welcome! It comes out Oct. 2 so not a very long wait for it. I adored it so much I'm definitely going to have to go read all her other books now (including Wonder Women which was on my radar but I hadn't gotten around to reading yet-- so glad to hear that one is excellent too)! 1y
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rachelsbrittain
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This books and this view make for the perfect morning 😍

alisonrose Not bad! ☺️ 1y
rachelsbrittain @alisonrose haha my feelings exactly 😂 1y
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rachelsbrittain
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Breakfast açaí bowl and ladies in science 👌🏻

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rachelsbrittain
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"Let's just say 'How to Train Your War Elephant' was likely part of the curriculum."

Have I mentioned how excellent this book is ?

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rachelsbrittain
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Well I'm already obsessed with this one, and I'm only two chapters in. The writing is so great and wonderfully real and conversational. The topic is excellent. And the historical girl squads are everything.

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kerry
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LauraBeth
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My crew says 👋

DGRachel SQUEE!!!!! ❤️🐶🐈❤️ 1y
RealBooks4ever 💜💜💜😍😻👏🏼🐶😆 1y
Melissa_J Bitsy is looking rather regal 🐶💛 1y
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emilyhaldi Lol. That look from the pup is so regal 🧐 1y
QuietlyLaura 🐶😺 My favorite gang! The box has seen some hard times. 1y
Notafraidofwords Do they ever cuddle ? 1y
Mollyanna Hello cuties! 👋🏻 1y
Laura317 Almost don‘t recognize Bitsy sitting up. I‘m used to her floozy pose. 1y
Reecaspieces BITSY! 👋👋 1y
MicheleinPhilly Bunch of bitches. 😉 1y
Bookzombie 👋🏻 Love your crew! 1y
Branwen Hi Bitsy! 😙 1y
TNbookworm Hey y'all👋👋 1y
Redwritinghood 👋🏻👋🏻 1y
batsy This is a Beyoncé video! (Bitsy is Bey, of course, but don't tell the other two 😂) 1y
LeahBergen Bitsy is looking very slim! Tell her I said so. 😘 1y
LauraBeth @DGRachel We‘ve missed Bailey 😍 1y
LauraBeth @Melissa_J 😂 don‘t be fooled! 1y
LauraBeth @emilyhaldi that pup is anything but regal! 😂 1y
LauraBeth @QuietlyLaura 😂 That means I need to order some more books from Amazon and get her a new box! 1y
LauraBeth @Notafraidofwords they cuddle with me - but not with each other ☹️ I wish they would! 1y
LauraBeth @Mollyanna 👋 hope that your Molly dog is doing well! 1y
LauraBeth @Laura317 😂 she‘s still a floozy! 1y
LauraBeth @Reecaspieces hope that your Mississippi mutt crew has been behaving! 😘 1y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly nothing I‘d rather have more than that! 😘 1y
LauraBeth @Bookzombie 👋😊😘 1y
LauraBeth @Branwen 👋 Bitsy says hi to your cat crew 😽 1y
LauraBeth @TNbookworm 👋 👋 hope you and your floofballs are doing well 😘 1y
LauraBeth @Redwritinghood 👋 give Domino a scritch behind the ears for me 😘 1y
LauraBeth @batsy oh I‘ve missed your wit! 😂😂👑👑 1y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I‘m sure it‘s an illusion of angles! 😂😘 1y
Reecaspieces @LauraBeth well devil naw....but they sure are fun...kind of like your crew! 1y
Mollyanna My Molly is doing quite well, being a bit of snobby little kid sometimes, but she is an only dog 😆. Thanks for asking. I love seeing pics of your fur babies, they always seem to be having a cool time with each other. (edited) 1y
mabell Calm before the storm 😂 1y
UwannaPublishme You have the best crew! 😍💕Bitsy looks too proper here. Usually she's posing for a centerfold! 😁 1y
DebinHawaii Love to all of them! 🐱❤️🐶❤️🐱❤️ 1y
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JAMZ
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Inspiring read!