Kate Pankhurst

Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders


The latest book in this ‘fantastic’ series is every bit as entertaining and informative as its predecessors. Kate Pankhurst has once again turned her attention to significant women who have done amazing things- this time, forging careers in many different fields.


The book includes well-known names as well as those who are less familiar. Maria Merian’s work on studying insects in the early 1700’s has been used by generations of scientists since her book was first published in 1705. Others, like Katherine Johnson battled against racial prejudice and sexism to work at NASA. Each fascinating story is told through a mixture of illustration and text, offering an excellent introduction to the individual and the world they lived in.


One of my favourite sections in this collection is that about the match girls. I remember finding out about them when I was at primary school with the horrors of phossy jaw and their appalling working conditions and would have loved to have found their story portrayed in this way.


Thoroughly inspiring and completely engaging, ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders’ is a brilliant addition to every bookshelf and sits perfectly alongside the other volumes in the series. I’d like to see a ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Made Music’ or ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Travelled the World’ next!

Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders Kate Pankhurst

Bloomsbury ISBN: 978-1408899274

You can read our review of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World here and Fantastically Great Women Who Made History here.

Kate Pankhurst at the Bath Festival


Today, lots of fantastically great women, girls, boys and men gathered at the Guildhall to hear the fantastically great Kate Pankhurst talk about her fantastically great books! With their lively illustrations, they are full of information about some of the amazing women who have changed our lives for the better.


First, Kate told us about some of the wonderful characters in her books- Boudicca, Noor Inayat Khan and Josephine Baker. For each one, she dressed up a willing volunteer from the audience whilst she told us something about them and how she had chosen to illustrate them. There was plenty of audience participation as Kate asked lots of questions and for opinions as she chatted .


Towards the end of her session, Kate told us about the (distant!) connection which she has to Emmeline Pankhurst. It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm and hear the knowledge which the children in the audience had- much obviously gained from Kate’s books!


Kate then taught everyone how to draw a suffragette in action, drawing step-by-step. Watching the children near me, this was very successful and thoroughly enjoyed! My favourite bit was when Kate asked everyone to hold their pictures in the air, march them up and down and chant, ‘Votes for Women!’ Just great to see!


It was a fantastic session, full of fun and learning. I’m off to draw a suffragette or two!

You can read our review of ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Made History’ here.

You can read our reviews of ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’ here and here.

Fantastically Great Women Who Made History


Following on from 'Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World', this book introduces the reader to more remarkable women from history. Following the same format, it offers a very accessible spread on each figure which is full of information and inspiration with very appealing cartoon-style illustrations.


The book contains a wonderfully diverse selection of women from across history, some of which will be more familiar, others less so. Each is presented with skill, sensitivity and care, making a great introduction people like Harriet Tubman, Sayyida al-Hurra and  Valentina Tereshkova


Their contribution to history is without doubt and this book is the perfect way to celebrate each of these 'fantastically great women'! 


Fantastically Great Women Who Made History  Kate Pankhurst

Bloomsbury    ISBN: 978-1408878903

You can read our post about 'Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World' here.