Wereldwijven, Part 1 – of which together with part 2 more than 250.000 copies were sold in France – tells the stories of 15 remarkable women who should never be forgotten. Some examples: Clémentine Delait (the woman with the beard), Nzinga (Queen of Ndongo and Matamba), Margaret Hamilton (a truly scary actrice), Las Mariposas (rebel sisters), Josephina van Gorkum (a mistress like no other) and Joséphine Baker (dancer, spy and mother). But there are more stories about a woman in the Resistance, a mermaid, an adventurer, a painter, a gynaecologist, a social worker, a lighthouse protector, and more.
Fifteen short but sumptuous mini-biographies of women, whose names may no longer ring familiar, but that is exactly why Bagieu chose them. A brief dive into their life stories makes for a delicious appetizer that leaves the reader wanting for more. In any case, Bagieu hopes to have educated the world about a few heroines that deserve not to be forgotten.
Wereldwijven – Vrouwen die de wereld naar hun hand zetten, Part 1
ISBN 9789492117700, 144 pages, hard cover, €27,90