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Rejected Princesses

Jason Porath

Blending the iconoclastic feminism of The Notorious RBG and the confident irreverence of Go the F**ck to Sleep, a brazen and empowering illustrated collection that celebrates inspirational badass women throughout history, based on the popular Tumblr blog.

Well-behaved women seldom make history. Good thing these women are far from well behaved...

Illustrated in a contemporary animation style, Rejected Princesses turns the ubiquitous 'pretty pink princess' stereotype portrayed in movies, and on endless toys, books, and tutus on its head, paying homage instead to an awesome collection of strong, fierce, and yes, sometimes weird, women: warrior queens, soldiers, villains, spies, revolutionaries, and more who refused to behave and meekly accept their place.

Recommended by Cait

I started following Rejected Princesses on Tumblr a few years ago because I loved the artwork and the idea of making women’s voices heard, as women tend to be left out of history books. When I studied History at university I was always annoyed by the fact that there was one week per course dedicated to women or gender when women make up half of the population. Women shouldn’t be side-lined or have their contributions censored when they played key roles.

Rejected Princesses seeks to change this by bringing together 100 women who were real-life, historical or mythical heroines– offering far more interesting, more active and more empowering female role models than the typical princess portrayal from when I was growing up. The book is beautifully put together, sorted by maturity rating with icons to give warnings about particular content and, as Porath is a former DreamWorks animator, he twists the typical doe-eyed Princess image in incredible illustrations. This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone as people need to know about the incredible women who have shaped history like Hatshepsut, Gracia Mendes Nasi and Ka’ahumanu – and if you don’t know anything about them then read this book.