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Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History

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A modern girl is nothing without her squad of besties. But don't let all the hashtags fool you: the #girlsquad goes back a long, long time. In this hilarious and heartfelt book, geek girl Sam Maggs takes you on a tour of some of history's most famous female BFFs, including:

• Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the infamous lady pirates who sailed the seven seas and plundered with t
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Quirk Books
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Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
This rolled up in the mail just as I finished The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy so I dropped right into it to continue my great adventure reading about badass women.

What’s super cool is that some of these stories tied back into The Lady’s Guide as Lee was inspired by some of the women featured here - the Edinburgh Seven, the female pirates, and so on.

A really solidly enjoyable read about badass women, most of whom I didn’t know about before (which is sad ngl). I felt sometimes it was re
I love reading books about awesome women. Bygone Badass Broads, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, I devour them all. Reading these books is fun, educational, and empowering.

Girl Squads is no different. It tells twenty stories about historically amazing female friendships through five distinctive categories: sports, science, war, politics, and the arts. It's also incredibly diverse: from 90-year-old mermaids in Jeju to the first all-female orchestra in Afghanistan with a pit stop at the ladies
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We all know that over the ages, a lot of focus has been placed on men when it comes to history. I mean, the word itself “history” is a combination of the words “his” and “story.” So, it’s very refreshing to me when I come across books that focus on women as well, or even solely on women. I think that women of all ages (whether they be five or fifty-five) can benefit from reading about strong females! Powerful female historical figures have been suppressed for far too long, and it’s great that we ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's plenty of books about the forgotten women of history that are being published lately and this book is a part of that movement. It tells the stories of fantastic and heroic pioneer women in many fields: sports, science, arts...The main difference between this book and all other is that this doesn't focus on individual women but in what we would now call "squads", groups of women being awesome, breaking boundaries and helping each other. That was probably my favourite part of it was, in a ...more
Jul 25, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ----

Nice cover. Bright, eye-catching, & full of activity. Great concept. Lots of potential in an idea like this. Content is full of short, easily-digestible stories, making it a nice book to digest as one's schedule allows. The 1st story about the divers totally drew me in. I was all set for this book to continue to be a winner, & I wanted it to be a success b/c books like this could potentially be gems for younger gals. Af

LH Johnson
I've been looking for something like Girl Squads for a very long time. This smart, chatty and furiously honest book is a treat because, unlike so many of the others out there, Girl Squads acknowledges the truth about women's history. It is complex, fought for, and often overwritten by a cultural system which privileges other voices. I'm trying not to write The White Western Patriarchy here, but I'm sure you've figured that out by now.

What I loved about Girl Squads is that it's not afraid of offe
This was fascinating. I'd heard of a few of them - there's a chapter about the women from Hidden Figures, with some details the movie missed - but most were new to me and they spanned all over history, from BCE to modern day. It was also a really diverse collection and an inspiring one, telling facts with occasional funny commentary and lots of mocking of the men who didn't believe in these women. It's voice-y, without being overpoweringly so, and informative, and it makes me think a lot about m ...more
Kirstin (gryffindorkwinchester)
I have had the opportunity to meet and see Sam Maggs speak a few times, and have loved her books in the past! Sam truly is the epitome of a cool, feminist, nerd! She speaks inclusively and her books are validating and empowering and Girl Squads was no exception! This book focused on exactly how much is possible, when women come together to accomplish something! And it really showed how powerful we can be when women support women. Not to mention, the illustrations were totally adorable. I will su ...more
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Great, interesting, strong characters, fantastic variety of girl squads. Highly recommended.
Thank you to both NetGalley and Quitk Books for giving me the opportunity to read ’Girl Squads’ in exchange for my honest unbiased review.
Shannon the Book Dragon
A lovely collection of tales of beautiful friendships of real life women. I adore picking and choosing between sections I don't know much on and being able to learn about some amazing women I didn't know about before! It's a really inspiring read!
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m obsessed with these stories, this writing and this book in general 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
This book was so empowering and exciting. It was really cool to learn about different friendships around the world and across time. I’ve been really loving the female friendship trend out there lately so this book was perfect. Definitely recommend!

Thanks NetGalley for the advanced copy!
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I loved this! it was so uplifting and empowering and something I think everyone, regardless of gender, should read because it follows the stories of so many women from so many different places all over the world during so many different time periods that literally everyone has the chance to gain some new perspective :-)

4.5/5 🌟
Jul 01, 2018 added it
Shelves: arc, dnf
DNF. The language here is too cutesy. Evidently this is written for preteens. Not for me.
Samantha Puc
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced egalley of Girl Squads through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can read that review in full on my blog, or read an excerpt below.


Give me a book that explores historical figures in short, illustrated essay format, and I’m so there. There are a number of books that do this really poorly, it’s true, but the ones that get it right get it really, really right. Luckily, Sam Maggs’ new book, Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History, illustrated b
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Non-fiction isn't usually a genre I pick up but I was sent this, unsolicited, from Quirk Books and it sounded intriguing enough for me to want to give it a go and I'm glad that I did. This has definitely got me wanting to read more non-fiction books, especially about bad ass women. Here are my thoughts...

What I liked
•This book was split up into sections about bad ass women in different areas of society including, sports, science, war, politics and the arts. We learnt about a range of different w
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I would only recommend this book to become introduced to the amazing groups of women we never learned about in history class. HOWEVER - I'm a bit disappointed in Sam Maggs' biased writing. When writing about two particular women, it is clear in their actions and correspondence to each other that they were lovers. Maggs seems to derail the very idea by writing in the same breath: " her journals... she wrote: 'it was in this rustic place, in this profound solitude, that I realized the value o ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely phenomenal. I love books that bright light to the women who have impacted history, because they are so often left out of history books. Women have always been active participants and change makers in our world, but their contributions have often been actively overlooked, erased, or ignored. Books like Girl Squads show us that all we have to do to discover the amazing women changing the world is to look.

Girl Squads tells the stories of twenty groups of women from ancient
Gemma McGee
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Girl Squad: 20 female friendships that changed history was a surprised book mail from Quirk Books. Once I pulled it out of the envelope I was looking forward to reading it. I love History and I have study Feminism so this book is right up my alley. Girl Squad is split into 5 groups;Athlete SquadsPolitical & Activist SquadsWarrior SquadsScientist SquadsArtist SquadsAll the Squads span all different period of history even up to 21st century. The stories tell you about the women but also the wo ...more
Fabulous Book Fiend
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well this was a wonderful non-fiction read. I actually bought the audiobook so I could listen whilst I was out and about but I was glad I had the physical book to be able to see the illustrations and the contents to reference back to sections I enjoyed. As a side note, the naked book is absolutely beautiful and really is a reason to buy this book aside from anything else-trust me!

I really really loved the way this book was structured. It is divided into athlete squads; political & activist s
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
So much of history as it is written revolves around dudes. Men who did things, applauded because they did things or found things or what-have-you. But women, well...they've been pretty effectively scrubbed from so much of history, for so many reasons. It wasn't "proper" or "how dare she" or "not good enough" much nonsense. This book, however, aims to change at least some of that. Women have been doing awesome things for a long time, and quite often, they were doing them together - in Girl S ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sam Maggs has put together a wonderful book that details the lives and feats of some of histories greatest Girl Squads. The reader is taken through warrior squads, artist squads, scientist squads and many more, there are 20 stories within this book and while Maggs can't give every story huge amounts of detail what Maggs does give you is a great outline of each group, where you can go off and add even more detail yourself if you wis
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, heartlands
I have been loving the trend of anthologies celebrating influential women which have been coming out lately, and this is one of the best of the bunch. Decent length descriptions of a variety of women from a range of countries and fields, several of whom I had heard of, but plenty that I hadn't. A light-hearted narrative voice and humorous asides make sure it doesn't get too heavy, but at the same time leaves the reader in no doubt just how amazing the women's accomplishments were. Particular fav ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! It was incredibly empowering and funny. I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times while reading it. Even in today’s world I often find women are descriminafed against and every once in a while I need a kick to remind me how badass women can be. I should never forget my potential but even so this book was such an eye opener and was also entertaining! As a female scientist, that portion of the book was obviously my favorite and some of the stories weren’t as ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, net-galley
*I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review*

There have been a lot of women/girls biography books come out in the past few years and I have read most of them, but this book brings something new to the genre for a few reasons.
1. It focuses on groups of women. Women are so often pitted against each other but this book shows how friendships made these women great.
2. The stories are longer. Instead of just short intros into a person, these stories are much longer, which means t
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love(d) this!

When I was younger I was never much of a history person, but historical fiction has become a stable in my reading and Girl Squads turned out to be the ideal read. The book has an engaging narration and is divided into sections;
athlete squads
political & activist squads
warrior squads
scientist squads
artist squads
You can read it in order or pick a chapter (or section) and read that. Each chapter is a journey to learning about amazing woman in history. I started with the Japanese Vol
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Sam Maggs writes great books about women in history, and Girl Squads continues that greatness as she writes about teams of women who have worked together to make history.

Representing a great range of people from the skiing sisters, Shirley and Sharon Frith to the Patriotic Women’s League Of Iran to The Red Lanterns Shining in China, this book covers a variety of squads that worked together to create and do things and does it well. With funny moments and poignant thoughts this book delivers some
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
** I received an advance reader copy of this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway. **

This is a well-written, easy to read and fun exploration of various female friendships/teams throughout history that changed the world in one way or another. From the female volleyball team from Japan that changed both the sport and gave the Japanese people a reason to be proud again after WWII to the women in Finland who fought for equal rights in the early 1900s, there is plenty of information to be gain
Tabby Shiflett
A good introduction to some amazing women and their contributions to women's equality, specifically for a younger audience. Although the writing is witty at times, sometimes it's just a little annoying. However, that being said, the mini bios included in this collection are stories that should be shared. A good start for anyone wanting to read more detailed biographies of these women. The women portrayed are from different cultures, locations, and eras, so kudos for that. I was especially moved ...more
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Hello GoodReads! I'm Sam Maggs! I've written Girl Squads (a look at twenty fierce female friendships throughout history), Wonder Women (fun, feminist historical biographies of pioneering women in STEM) and The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy, all from Quirk Books. I'm also a Senior Writer at Insomniac Games; a writer of comics like Star Trek and Jem and the Holograms; a contributor to BioWare's next ...more
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