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This is a fun, breezy read, a survey of some of the greatest women notables of history, from warriors like the s and Scythian women Joan of Arc is found under those who dressed like men and Boudicca to exiles like Lady Hester Stanhope and Marianne North, to seekers like Saint Mary of Egypt and Alexandra David Neel, and to radicals like Mother Jones.The book doesn t pretend to be all embracing, but it is informative It s a little too cute in places I could have done without nearly so ma This is a fun, breezy read, a survey of some of the greatest women notables of history, from warriors like the s and Scythian women Joan of Arc is found under those who dressed like men I had several issues with this book Especially towards the end, I wasn t sure if Holland was celebrating the lives of these women or putting them down I also nearly didn t make it through the introduction, which was heavy on evolutionary psychology tropes and drove home the debunked idea that throughout history most women have sat idly by at home while a few courageous ones broke the norms Holland labels her focus as women who do not play by societies rules, which is fine, however, she in no I had several issues with this book Especially towards the end, I wasn t sure if Holland was celebrating the lives of these women or putting them down I also nearly didn t make it through the introduction, which was heavy on evolutionary psychology tropes and drove home the debunked idea that throughout history most women have sat idly by at home while a few courageous ones broke the norms Holland labels her focus as women who do not play by societies rules, which is fine, however, she in no way acknowledges that society changes from place to place and through time She sets out a view that throughout world history, women have stayed at home and raised kids and done nothingNot only does this ignore that not every society is set up this way and that in societies women have had opportunities to be things other than or in additio By no means a serious work of history or biographyof a anecdotal and polemical roundup of a handful of significant female figures in history well, the history of the Western world, anyway , chosen to make a point about the one sided nature of our common cultural history Holland s writing style is chatty and breezy and she s inclined to dismiss groundless speculation from others with the same insouciance as she happily indulges in it herself You d never rely on this as a book of serious By no means a serious work of history or biographyof a anecdotal and polemical roundup of a handful of significant female figures in history well, the history of the Western world, anyway , chosen to make Savage, funny, accurate The subtitle of this book is Women, Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways Renegades is provocative And the text within seemed to provoke wild imaginings of what if Not surprising then that the conclusion to the book is an exhortation to all women to walk off from the beaten path a tacit permission to stray afield It is an education, this book I was familiar with several of the stories of women contained within this book, even read the biographies of a few But there were some stories t The subtitle of this book is Women, Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways Renegades is provocative And the text within seemed to provoke wild imaginings of what if Not surprising then that the conclusion to I didn t even finish the book Which is unfortunate because the stories of the women in this book are worth reading I just couldn t stand to read this author s words any Too much opinion men bad, women good and oh so oppressed The book is full of whining To |READ EBOOK ♖ They Went Whistling ♻ Throughout History There Have Been Women, Endowed With Curiosity And Abundant Spirit, Who Stepped Out Of The Cave, Cast Off The Shackles Of Expectation, And Struck Out For New Territory In This Ode To Bold, Brash, And Sometimes Just Plain Dangerous Women, Barbara Holland Reanimates Those Rebels Who Defied Convention And Challenged Authority On A Truly Grand Scale They Traveled The World, Commanded Pirate Ships, Spied On The Enemy, Established Foreign Countries, Scaled , Foot Passes, And Lobbied To Change The Constitution Some Were Merry And Flamboyant Others Depressive And Solitary Some Dressed Up As Men Others Cherished Their Victorian Gowns Many Were Ambivalent Or Absentminded Mothers But Every One Of Them Was Fearless, Eccentric, And Fiercely Independent Barbara Holland Evokes Their Energy In This Unconventional Book That Will Acquaint You With The Likes Of Grace O Malley, A Blazing Terror Of The Irish Seas In The s, And Surprise You With A Fresh Perspective On Legends Like Bonnie Parker Of Bonnie And Clyde Fame With Wit, Wisdom, And Irreverent Flair, They Went Whistlingmakes A Compelling Case For The Virtue Of Getting Into Trouble I ve enjoyed the infomation in this book Holland s writing style is easy to read Many books concerning masculine women women warriers are full of jargon The importance of the book for me was reading about the different kinds of warrior women throughout time The importance of reading about the women for me was empowering to continue on in my own journey The book was supportive of me searching for common ground with fe I started this book last year and it got buried under the pile of other books I ve been reading I found it a couple weeks ago and started it over and read straight through It s a very entertaining and interesting read It reads like a collection of anecdotes and stories about women who defied the social norm to follow their own desires The only criticism I have is the lack of a bibliography, which hurts the authenticity of the stories The conclusion, however,than makes up for i This book will not fail to fascinate with its lively, unladylike tales Historically accurate, though these particular histories are largely ignored, due to the gender of the featured characters Did you know a woman successfully black mailed Abraham Lincoln Have you heard of the foreign lady pirate who dared approach the throne of Queen Elizabeth We often hear tell of the men who first conquered discovered this or that, but rarely do we hear of the women who ve been there, done that and were This book will not fail to fascinate with its lively, unladylike tales Historically accurate, though these particular histories are largely ignored, due to the gender of the featured characters Did you know a woman successfully black mailed Abraham Lincoln Have you heard of the foreign lady pirate who dared approach the throne of Queen Elizabeth We often hear tell of the men who first conquered discovered this or that, but rarely do we hear of the women who ve been there, done that and were even sometimes first, I might add.Barbara s writing style is refreshing I felt almost as if we were facing each other over coffee Impromptu and fun though not completely unscholarly, obviously she s done the research, but she isn t 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