Title: What Would She Do?
Author: Kay Woodward
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Rating: 5/5
Reviewed by: AZARIA HOWELL

What Would She Do? shares real-life stories of women standing up against the odds, using their voices, and changing the world. This book is a combination of impressive illustrations, with a biography about each woman and what she has done to change the world. It gives each reader guidance for inspiration and advice on how to live as a revolutionary woman.

“Five stars? How is it that good?” you may be asking yourself.

Well, it’s not just a book. This was a guide on how to live life as a strong woman with ambition and is also a tool to help overcome hard times. To call it ‘just a book’ would be a crime. What I really love about this book is the concept. Showcasing inspiring women is already a great thing, but relating them to today’s society is what makes this book so unique. After a short biography of each inspiring woman, it is followed by a scenario that relates to young people today.

One of them was, “The thought of public speaking in front of the class fills you with horror. The teacher says you’ve got to do it. But you can’t. You just can’t. What would Joan of Arc do?”

It’s a great book to turn to for inspiration and includes the best ‘agony aunties’ advice column in the world. Showing how these inspirational figures overcame issues such as bullying, low self-esteem and figuring out a career pathway will help every young woman who lays eyes on any of the thought-provoking pages.

Malala Yousafzai: Youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, internationally respected for risking her life so that girls in Pakistan could be educated.

After reading this book, I almost felt as if I could conquer the world. Seriously. This uplifting book helped me to realise the importance of speaking up. To add to the inspiration were the quotes on each page from those remarkable women such as, “With an education, you have everything you need to rise above all the noise and fulfil your dreams”, quoted by former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

I would recommend this book to any teenage girl, especially if she is struggling with self-confidence. Anyone who gives this book a read is guaranteed to have a positive mindset which can help them tackle the social issues of today.

The great thing about this book is that it showcases women being strong in all fields. Medicine, politics, mathematics, science, engineering, and sports are examples of the fields of the standout women expressed in this book. Ada Lovelace, Zaha Hadid, and Wangari Muta Maathai’s motivational stories all feature in this book. In-depth biographies of female changemakers we all love such as Cleopatra, Marie Curie, and Malala Yousafzai are also included.

 A highlight of this incredible read is the quiz on the last page which tells each reader which fabulous woman they are. The eight questions focus on the reader’s personality and passions. The best part is…there is no wrong answer as all the women portrayed are powerful and unequivocal!

In reaching the end of the book, I was reassured that I could do anything I put my mind to and that I would always have somewhere to turn to for inspiration and advice.

This book will motivate you to conquer the highest peaks. If it was possible to give this book more than five stars, I would. Simply put, it can significantly change a young woman’s outlook on life.

Want to feel inspired? Need a confidence boost? Dealing with some tough times? Read this book, and get motivation and advice from the panel of inspirational women, ranging from historical leaders to modern-day pioneers.


AZARIA HOWELL is a huge politics nerd living in Christchurch. Expect lots of new political articles on Tearaway from her! She also loves snowboarding, Beagles, and wearing clunky boots.

Follow Azaria on Instagram @makeazariagreatagain

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