Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst

Written by a descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst, this is a really interesting book about the women who changed the world. It’s definitely a ‘must-have’ for libraries and classrooms, and is the perfect introduction to a few amazing women who have changed our world for the better.

From Coco Chanel to Agent Fifi,  Jane Austen to Rosa Parks, there is so much to learn from this beautiful book.There are high fliers, scientists, innovators, the quietly courageous and swim-the-channel-or-fly-in-the-sky women from all across the world and all walks of life who have changed the world in some way. You can’t fail to be moved (and quite frankly astounded) by their stories.

Each double page spread is devoted to an amazing lady and biographies, and the context of when they lived, are included. The pages are presented beautifully and in different ways reflecting the life of the woman they are about (Agent Fifi’s pages look like a case file). There are also maps, scenes, newspaper articles and quotes from individuals all included which add information and generate a healthy curiosity about these brave and resilient women who changed history.

The message of the book comes through loud and clear:

They dared to be different. 

and the book ends by asking the question, “How will you change the world?”

This book is great in the classroom to generate curiosity (in all sorts of topics/subjects) and encourage children to research further to find out even more! I think it encourages children to look at these women’s lives in a different light and realise the lasting impact they made.

Hopefully a book like this with such a rich and varied content will inspire pupils to see the difference that they can make to our world.

Vicky Windross 

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