150 years ago, women and men led very different lives. Women could not vote or make their own living. They had no control over their own bodies. The father would make a woman's decisions until she was married. Then her husband would take over. This changed when women began to organize. In this book writer Marta Breen and illustrator Jenny Jordahl tell the story about the women's movements many dramatic battles.
Breen and Jordahl have cooperated about a number of book projects, amongst others The F word. 155 reasons to be a feminist a title for which they received the Norwegian Cultural Ministry non-fiction award in 2015, and the bestseller 60 Women you should have known (2016).
Graphic novel Women in Battle offers a whirlwind tour through 150 years of the fight for women’s rights. Marta Breen’s witty text and Jenny Jordahl’s dynamic art covers topics including reproductive rights, gay marriage and the #MeToo movement. International and inclusive in outlook, it’s both relevant and inspirational.
THE GUARDIAN - Best Children´s Books of 2018
Women in Battle is a straightforward, solid and exciting introduction to the history of the Women´s movement. Not least is the book a celebration of the courage and will of those who has walked the path before us, sheading light on some of the women on whose shoulders we are now standing. Women in Battle reminds us how much "the other sex" has achieved when it comes to rights during the last 150 years, and at the same time remind us that many battles are still to be won.
Women in Battle is a combination of a textbook and a manifest, a book that has a mission and also underlines the will to say something with a solid presentation.
Women in Battle - 150 years fight for freedom, equality and sisterhood presents the reader to a playful and whole picture of the cases that has defined the fight for women´s right´s through times. It manages to be a celebration of those who fought the fights, and at the same time remind us to never take these rights for granted.
Breen and Jordahls depiction of the history of feminism as a cartoon feels fresh and liberatingly free from self-righteousness. To be able to flip through 150 years of history in stylish, striking and affirming illustrations, interpretations and drama makes for a fascinating read. The eye rests well on details that provide associations and food for thought. There is humour and wit in this work by Breen and Jordahl, in content, context and line.
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