100 Nasty Women of History: Brilliant, badass and completely fearless women everyone should know

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Hodder & Stoughton, Nov 2, 2017 - History - 448 pages
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'Because 100 Nasty Women is so easy to read and witty, I didn't expect it to be the life changing, important book that I'm discovering it to be' PHILIPPA PERRY


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These are the women who were deemed too nasty for their times.

When you learn about (the very few) women in history, it's hard not to wonder: why do they seem so prim and proper? The truth is, (mostly male) historians keep glossing over the real details, or leaving out the women who threatened their idea of what a woman should be like. Fake news!

But fret not. Former Buzzfeed senior writer and Washington Post pop culture host Hannah Jewell has got you covered. In 100 Nasty Women of History, Hannah will give you the brief on, among others:


  • Aethelflaed, who fought off Vikings at her wedding;
  • Ching Shih, a swashbuckling pirate known as 'The Terror of South China';
  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett, who fought racism with the point of her pen;
  • Lilian Bland, who built her own plane and flew it;
  • Rani Chennamma, who was a (literal) queen and went to war with the British;
  • Nell Gwynn, one of the greatest hos in English history;
  • Coccinelle, the first known trans woman to be legally married in France;
  • Noor Inayat Khan, who may have literally punched Nazis.

And that's just eight of them.

So if you think that Nasty Women are a new thing, think again. They've always been around - you just haven't always heard of them. It's time to get learning. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History who gave zero f*cks whatsoever. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History whom everyone needs to know about, right now.

'A fun, hilarious read that will make a fantastic addition to your feminist library and historical knowledge' ANN SHEN, author of Bad Girls Throughout History

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This is similar to numerous other recently published tomes bringing to light the exploits of kick-ass women throughout history who've been largely ignored or minimized up until now. I didn't love this ... Read full review

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This audiobook was an enjoyable cook's tour of one hundred notable women in history. Written in contemporary snark with plenty of profanity, it is probably the best, if not only, way to learn about ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Hannah Jewell is a pop culture host and editor at The Washington Post, and a former senior writer at BuzzFeed UK, where she became known for her humour writing about gender, her satire of British and American politics. She presented BuzzFeed's live 2016 election night show, which was watched by nearly 7 million people.

Born in the UK, she grew up in California and did her undergraduate study at UC Berkeley in Middle East Studies, then moved to the UK for an MPhil in International Relations and Politics at Cambridge. Now, she combines her background in history and politics with her love of the internet to write about remarkable women of the past with an accessible, hilarious, and sometimes sweary style.

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