Did you know that Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka was the first woman in the world to become a democratically elected prime minister?
That Tina Anselmi of Italy was a wartime resistance fighter who became the first woman to serve as a cabinet minister?
Or that Sylvie Kinigi of Burundi was the first woman to serve as a prime minister in Africa?
It is high time these extraordinary women who helped shape our world became household names, and this book brings them at last to the fore.
Women Who Won is a celebration of 70 women from the last 100 years: politicians from around the globe who fought for election in a man’s world… and won. Beautifully illustrated by artist Emmy Lupin, it features well-known figures, including Kamala Harris, Benazir Bhutto, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Jacinda Ardern and Julia Gillard, alongside lesser-known women whose stories are ready to be heard:
Shidzue Katō, one of the first women elected to the Diet of Japan
Yulia Tymoshenko, the first woman prime minister of Ukraine
Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the US Congress
Peri-Khan Sofieva, the first democratically elected Muslim woman
Ethel Blondin-Andrew, the first Indigenous woman elected to Canadian parliament
Women of the past, but also women of the present and future. Women who smashed the political glass ceiling. Women who fought to leave a positive legacy for future generations. Women who paved the way for girls of today to become women who won.
Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Ella Koblo Gulama
Isabel Ursula Teshea
Trinidad and Tobago
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo
Ros Ball is an author and former BBC broadcast journalist, working for many years on politics in Westminster. In 2017 she published The Gender Agenda, a first-hand account of how boys and girls are treated differently. She currently works on equalities policy for women and girls. @rosball
Emmy Lupin is a freelance illustrator from Nottingham, based in London. Her work is often female focused, with a powerful and positive stance. Expect styling to be decorative, using pastel colours and patterns but with an edge of attitude. Find her drinking coffee, obsessing over plants, and drawing on Instagram. @emmylupinstudio
“These profiles—two-page summaries of the lives and achievements of 70 women in the political realm—present an extensive and impressive collection of global leaders, many less well-known, from the 19th century to contemporary times. The geographical representation is broad...riveting." — Kirkus
"Adults will also learn a great deal from this book, because many of these women may be unknown to most readers. It is refreshing to have women across the globe recognized. The beautiful illustrations make the book an even more interesting read. Ros Ball and Emmy Lupin should be commended and encouraged to work together, as the words and images compliment each other so well." — Youth Services Book Review