Rise: Extraordinary Women of Colour who Changed the World

Publisher: Saqi Books

The remarkable achievements of 100 inspirational women of colour from around the globe are showcased in this informative and attractive non-fiction book. The common threads which connect them all are the discrimination they have encountered because of their gender and race, along with their determination to overcome these barriers to accomplish great things.

A handful of well-known names are included, such as Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and American civil rights activist Rosa Parks. However, the majority are lesser-known figures, demonstrating that there are many extraordinary role models from a diverse range of cultures to inspire young people. Subjects include Amna Al Qubaisi, a racing car driver from United Arab Emirates, whose success in this male-dominated sport is even more impressive considering the tensions regarding women’s rights in the region; Clemantine Wamariya, who escaped Rwandan genocide as a young girl and became a storyteller and human rights activist; and Lee Tai-young, a Korean lawyer and judge, who dedicated much of her career to supporting the rights of women in the legal system.

Vibrant, full-page portraits of each woman are accompanied by one-page biographies documenting their key influences, challenges and achievements. This important book is sure to inspire and empower young people.

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