Little Leaders. Visionary Women Around the World
Following her book about Black women in history, Vashti Harrison has gone on to produce this collection of mini biographies of creative women active in the arts and sciences from around the world and across time. 36 women are highlighted and the lives of a further 18 are described more briefly. More well-known names such as Marie Curie, Frida Kahlo and Toni Morrison sit alongside others who also deserve to be better recognised such Asima Chatterjee, Violeta Parra and Claudia Jones. In the illustrations, sensitivity and attention to detail result in beautifully authentic and varied rendering of skin tones and complexion. Vashti Harrison’s distinctive style manages to marry its magical quality with a delicately observed acknowledgement of the breadth and variation of human skin tones and hair textures.