Girls Who Rocked The World: History’s Heroines Under Age 20

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Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa, Harriet Tubman, Jackie MitchellS.E. Hinton, Sacagawea, Maya Lin, and so on. Each of these women has her own incredible story of how she created life-changing opportunities for herself and the world. But did you know that all these female movers and shakers, and a host of others, made their historic marks before hitting age 20?

We had no idea, until we came across Girls Who Rocked the World, a hip, inspiration packed book by Women You Should Know Michelle Roehm McCann and Amelie Welden.

Originally published over a decade ago and updated in 2012, Girls Who Rocked the World recounts the edge-of-your-seat stories of forty-six strong, independent female role models from ancient and contemporary history, all of whom first impacted the world as teenagers or younger.

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The Trung Sisters, Warrior Queens

The chapters pay tribute to the adventures and triumphs of these very different young women whose achievements, interests, beliefs and backgrounds are as diverse and varied as the countries and cultures from which they all come. Some of the featured women are well-known, while others have been sadly overlooked by history books, until now.

Illustrated and written to be engaging and everything but boring, the whole concept here is to inspire girls to make their dreams come true by showing them kick-ass, past and present young women who left indelible, game changing marks on the world.

One of the many things we love about this book is that Michelle and Amelie link the historic heroines they profile to girls of today by featuring awesome teenagers who are rocking the world right now. Examples include gusty girls like 13 year old Winter Vinecki, who founded the nonprofit organization Team Winter at age 9 after her dad was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of prostate cancer, and Jazmin Whitley, the youngest designer to show at L.A. Fashion Week.

In addition, personal “How will YOU rock the world?” aspirations from real teens are interspersed throughout the book’s historical profiles.

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It’s just chock full of exhilarating, then and now examples of girl power in action… ideal motivation for teens and young women (even adult women), as we believe it’s never TOO SOON or TOO LATE to start making a difference or fulfilling your dreams.

Girls Who Rocked the World is recommended for ages 8-12 and available in both hardcover and paperback. And if you love this, be sure to check out Boys Who Rocked The World.

About The Authors:

rocked_world_coverMichelle Roehm McCann has worked as a children’s book editor and art director for more than twenty years, as well as writing and compiling seven award-winning children’s books of her own. She teaches children’s and young adult book publishing at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her husband, two world-rocking kids, and their brilliant cats, Horace and Percy.

Amelie Welden started working on the first version of Girls Who Rocked the World as a college student in Portland, Oregon. More recently, she returned to her interest in writing and received an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She currently teaches composition at the University of Michigan Dearborn and at Oakland University.

  • Jean B.

    This is exactly what young girls need to be reading today – a book about real female heroes. Perhaps it would change their views of the so-called role models some of them now follow. This would be a fabulous gift to give a young girl.

  • Jenny

    LOVE THIS!! Wish I had it growing up.

    Actually, I wish had a few copies with me this past weekend as I watched young girls clamoring to have their photos taken in front of the Kardashian sisters’ store in NYC. I could have handed them out to the misguided gals. 🙂

  • Sue

    just ordered two copies!

  • Elisa

    Although these women are not under 20 another fun book on my shelf is “Uppity Women of Ancient Times” ISBN 1-567-31-249-7 by Vicki Leon. Seems to compliment this post. 😉

    • WYSK

      Thanks for the recommendation Elisa, we will check it out!