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What Would Boudicca Do?

Everyday Problems Solved by History's Most Remarkable Women

Tired of your boss bropropriating your ideas and presenting them as his own?
Wondering if the pursuit of having it all has in fact resulted in having not very much?

It is time to start channelling the spiky superwomen of history and conquer the sh*t show that is the modern world. It is time to turn to women like Mae West and Agatha Christie, Hypatia and Cleopatra, Coco Chanel and Cixi. In this irreverent guide they will help you figure out how to cope with impostor syndrome, dispatch a love rat, stand up for yourself, get politically engaged, kill it at work, and trounce FoMo. What Would Boudicca Do? will make you fired-up and ready for anything.

Boudicca and Sticking Up for Yourself

Mary Wollstonecraft and Calling Yourself a Feminist

Mae West and Being Body Positive

Rosa Parks and Standing Up to Bullies

Wilhelmina Wylie, Fanny Durack and the Art of Female Friendship

Akiko Yosano and Loving Your Boobs

Chevalier d’Éon and Bending the Gender Rules

Gráinne ní Mháille and Work–Life Balance

Hypatia and Being a Geek and Proud

Megan Lloyd George and Stepping Out of Your Parents’ Shadow

Fe del Mundo and Inspiring Sisters

Sappho and Backing Yourself

Emmeline Pankhurst and Getting Stuck In

Frida Kahlo and Finding Your Style

Ada Lovelace and Surviving a Broken Home

Mekatilili and Finding Your Rhythm

Wang Zhenyi and Slamming it as a Scientista

Emily Dickinson and Defying FoMO

Phoolan Devi and Not Being a Lady

Cleopatra and Keeping your Family in Line

Dorothy Parker and Handling Jerks

Marie Stopes and Not (necessarily) Having Babies

Fanny Cochrane Smith and Finding Your Own Voice

Betty Ford and Knowing When to Stop

George Eliot and Not Being Hot

Isabella Beeton and Beating Imposter Syndrome

Odette Sansom and Styling It Out

Sophia Duleep Singh and Embracing Your Discomfort Zone

Althea Gibson and Finding Your Mentor

Elizabeth I and Punchy Public Speaking

Agatha Christie and Getting Over Heartbreak

Grace Hopper and Facing Up to Failure

Sheila Michaels and Calling Yourself Ms

Soraya Tarzi and Closing the Domestic Divide

Catherine the Great and Dealing with Gossip

Hedy Lamarr and Knowing Your Worth

Eleanor of Aquitaine and Managing Infidelity

Coco Chanel and Killing It at Work

Rosalind Franklin and Being Difficult

Empress Dowager Cixi and Bossing It

Nell Gwyn and Being Shameless

Caroline Haslett and Giving Up Housework

Amelia Earhart and Keeping Your Own Name

Sacagawea and Not Letting Anything Hold You Back

Clara Schumann and Being Savvy with Your Cash

Masako Katsura and Leaning In

Enheduanna and Sparking Your Creativity

Josephine Baker and Having It All

Queen Victoria and Getting Over Loss

Mary Seacole and Ageing Disgracefully