Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History by Sam Maggs & Jenn Woodall

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 skiers 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.

How did I get the book? Received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Historical Fiction

Review: Love(d) this!

When I was younger I was never much of a history person, but historical fiction has become a stable in my reading and Girl Squads turned out to be the ideal read. The book has an engaging narration and is divided into sections;

  • athlete squads
  • political & activist squads
  • warrior squads
  • scientist squads
  • artist squads

You can read it in order or pick a chapter (or section) and read that. Each chapter is a journey to learning about amazing woman in history. I started with the Japanese Volleyball Team and it’s still one of my favourite chapters in the book because how amazing are those women?!!! But then you have so many others as well…

Girl Squads is entertaining, interesting and a real boost. I wish history lessons were like this.

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