Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath
You’ve heard of fictional princesses such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty.
But have you heard of Khutulun, actual Mongolian warrior and wrestler princess? When her father insisted that she should get married, Khutulun agreed on one condition: her potential suitor must defeat her in wrestling. If he didn’t, he would give her 100 horses.
After defeating many suitors, Khutulun found herself 10,000 horses richer.
Or how about Qiu Jin: Chinese poet, author of manifestos, and activist for women’s rights? She advocated the overthrow of an oppressive government, condemned the abusive practice of foot binding, and empowered women to educate themselves. For her revolutionary acts, she was executed at the age of 32.
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath elevates the stories of numerous women whom history has forgotten. In addition to featuring obscure women from times past, the book also touches on more well-known figures who have changed the world, such as Florence Nightingale, Nellie Bly, Harriet Tubman, and Joan of Arc.
Author Jason Porath is a former DreamWorks animator whose website, rejectedprincesses.com, evolved into the book of the same name. The book features artwork in the style of Disney, but with a twist. Also included are maturity levels and content guidelines to indicate which stories may or may not be appropriate for children.
Search the VBPL catalog for Rejected Princesses. For more stories of forgotten women’s history, check out Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs.