What do Alice Guy-Blaché, Carmen Herrera, and Claudia Rankine have in common? They are all exceptional women in the new book Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World. This third installment in the popular Rebel Girls book series allows young girls to travel the globe and be home by bedtime. It also teaches tolerance and sparks important conversations about immigration.
What Does it Mean to be a Rebel Girl?
The book contains one hundred biographies of immigrant women who left their birth countries for a multitude of reasons: some for new opportunities, some out of necessity. From chefs and surgeons, to musicians and politicians, to champions of judo and chess, these extraordinary stories will inspire girls everywhere to follow their dreams, no matter where they lead. Seventy female illustrators worked on the book to beautifully depict the women celebrated.
In its preface, Rebel Girls founder Elena Favilli shares she herself immigrated to the United States from Italy. Favilli also writes, “People often ask me what it means to be a Rebel Girl, and there can be many definitions—just like we are all different from one another. At her heart, a Rebel Girl is someone who tries to make the world better for herself and the people around her, no matter the risks.” The book’s age range is five to ten-years-old.
Rebel Girls Podcast
Favilli created the first two volumes of the Rebel Girls books with Francesca Cavallo. The Rebel Girls brand prides itself on throwing out forced stereotypes, breaking down barriers and emphasizing the inherent value of beauty in diversity. Besides books, the company also has a podcast, which recently released its fourth season with 14 new episodes.
Here are two favorite episodes about Celia Cruz and Ada Lovelace:
Ten Powerful Quotes Found in 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World
“There is nothing connected with the staging of a motion picture that a woman cannot do as easily as a man.” —Alice Guy-Blaché, filmmaker
“We need to unite to protect the rights of the next generation of women and women today who are struggling.” ~Asma Khan, chef
“I have strong sympathy for all women who have struggled and suffered.” ~Edmonia Lewis, sculptor
“To create, one must first question everything.” ~Eileen Gray, architect and furniture designer
“Who ever walked behind anyone to freedom? If we can’t go hand in hand, I don’t want to go.” ~Hazel Scott, musician and activist
“When I screamed loud enough, they started to open that door just a little bit, and we all started to be able to squeeze through it.” ~Josephine Baker, entertainer and activist
“The eyes are where I return always, like a ship to the lighthouse.” ~Judy Cassab, painter
“No matter where you’re from your dreams are valid.” ~Lupita Amondi Wyong’o, actress
“One isn’t born courageous, one becomes it.” ~Marjane Satrapi, graphic novelist
“Don’t forget to HAVE FUN with what you do! That’s where true creativity comes from.” ~Niki Yang, animator and voice actor
Don’t miss out on reading these stories, add Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World to your girl’s library today.
Compiled by Erin Prather Stafford
Images provided by Rebel Girls
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