Women’s History Book Tag

I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve done a book tag. This one, of course, I definitely wanted to do, even if I wasn’t tagged. But a big thank you to Mayu at Bookshelf Life for tagging me! Be sure to check her blog out 🙂

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

Onna Gebowa from Unnatural Magic by C.M. Waggoner – such a great book and a wonderfully written character who knows how smart she is and isn’t afraid to show it. My review.

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

Circe by Madeline Miller – This is the only Miller book I’ve read so far, but I really enjoyed it! And I definitely think it deserves its awards. My review.

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

Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs – yeah, Mercy is very independent and makes her own path and everyone else finds a way to support her and avoid everyone getting hurt or dying.

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

I looked through my books, but couldn’t find one that I liked or fit the prompt. Guess I need to up my reading game a little.

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

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I loved Illuminae and this whole series. Kady is definitely one of my favorites as well as this first installment. My review.

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

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – While I didn’t absolutely love this one (but didn’t hate it either), I liked how easy the blossoming relationship between two of the main characters felt and how it read; I thought it was well done. My review.

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

Becoming by Michelle Obama – I really enjoyed this book, one because it’s Michelle Obama and two, because her story is a humble one; she worked hard very moment to get to where she wanted to be. She persevered and when she married Barack, they both saw opportunities to not only help their communities but then suddenly be in a position to try and help the whole of the country. And it wasn’t just Barack who did things, it was Michelle too. And she’s a great ally to many. My review.

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

My Last Continent by Midge Raymond – I just really liked this book. I thought the story was interesting and the writing was beautiful. It sadly only has about 1,500 ratings on Goodreads. My review.

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

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – OMG, this book. I absolutely loved it and Ivey’s writing was so lyrical without being overbearing. My review.

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

So I found two very interesting women of history that I had no idea about; I want to share both and with that I can share two books!

Hedy Lamarr – Often called “The Most Beautiful Woman in Film,” Hedy Lamarr was more than what met the eye. While Lamarr’s screen presence made her one of the most popular actresses of her day, she was also an inventor with a sharp mind. Along with avant-garde composer George Anthiel, Lamarr developed a new method of “frequency hopping,” a technique for disguising radio transmissions by making the signal jump between different channels in a prearranged pattern.

Their “Secret Communication System” was created to combat Nazis during World War II, but the U.S. Navy ignored their findings. It wasn’t until years later that other inventors realized how groundbreaking the work was. If you use a smartphone today, you can thank Lamarr—her communication system was a precursor to wireless technologies including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Margaret Sanger – Sanger, a feminist and women’s rights activist, coined the term “birth control.” She wrote pamphlets and opened a women’s health clinic decades before her biggest achievement—getting the Food and Drug Administration to approve the first oral contraceptive, Enovid, in 1960, six years before her death.

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren – This inspired me to do a lot more of my own research into what I eat and buy plus it inspires me to just continue to be as sustainable and environmentally conscious as I can.

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I loved the concept of this book. This book reminds me that our lives are made up of all of our choices; many small some big. But most importantly, I think we always end up where we’re supposed to be even if a past choice made differently would have standing next to someone different or be in a different job.


And there you have it! Have you done this book tag? What were some of your answers?

If you’re interested in doing this tag, feel free!

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