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What's Her Name

A History of the World in 70 Lost Women

Dr Katie Nelson
The What'sHerName Podcast
Olivia Meikle


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What if some of the most iconic lives in human history were, for centuries, forgotten?

From the earliest human civilizations through to the present day, the stories of countless influential women – leaders, artists, warriors, scientists and more – have been ignored, forgotten, or actively suppressed. You've probably not encountered the likes of Fatima al-Fihri (an Islamic World visionary who founded the world's first university), Ching Shih (the most successful pirate in history), or Huda Sha'arawi (a pioneering Egyptian feminist leader, suffragette, nationalist, and founder of the Egyptian Feminist Union), but that's about to change.

In What’s Her Name: A History of the World in 70 Lost Women, authors – and sisters – Olivia Meikle and Katie Nelson weave together the captivating stories of these forgotten figures to tell an alternative, enthralling and deeply researched historical narrative.

A truly global history, What’s Her Name features biographies of incredible women spanning six continents and hundreds of years, from Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire to imperial China, the Americas and post-war Europe. Drawing on years of study and interviews with dozens of experts, this is a fascinating, thought-provoking look at the trailblazing women you’ve never heard of (but should have).

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Binding: Hardback
Publication date: 20 Jun 2024
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 23 mm
ISBN: 9781789295382