This non-fiction book is a very easy read, and does what it promises, giving us mini-biographies of women throughout history who, one way or another, did things their way, without asking permission. I enjoyed reading this book, as it was perfect for reading before bedtime.
The author goes through four major sections: Uppity Women of Ancient Times (ca. 2500 B.C. – A.D. 450), Uppity Women of Medieval Times (ca. A.D. 450 – 1450), Uppity Women of Renaissance Times (1450 -1750), and Uppity Women of the New World (late 1500s – 1899). (Apparently, we have had no Uppity Women in the Old World since 1750, and no Uppity Women at all since 1899.) The author describes herself as a “historical detective”, so she is not a professional historian. The book is written in a very breezy modern style, which might be mildly offensive to those hoping for traditional history, but the title of the book more or less indicates that this is not traditional history. I was glad to see that some of my favorite women were included (Julian of Norwich, Lady Murasaki, Margery Kemp; Madame Juliette Récamier was not included, which I can understand, but it is well nigh unforgivable that Madame Germaine de Staël was not included), but again, one wishes that women since 1899 could have been mentioned.
I very much enjoyed reading this book, and I recommend it to all wishing for an easy read before bedtime.