2018 Winner: 'Bygone Badass Broads' by Mackenzi Lee
Photo Credit: Mackenzie Lee
Local author Mackenzi Lee hooked us with her #BygoneBadassBroads dispatches every week on Twitter, and she’s just as inspiring with a higher character count. Accompanied by Petra Eriksson’s bold illustrations, her follow-up to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue features compelling yet conversational profiles of 52 diverse trailblazers mostly missed by history textbooks, from ancient Greek gynecologist Agnodice and World War II secret agent Noor Inayat Khan to Revolutionary War heroine Sybil Ludington, who rode twice as far as Paul Revere (at age 16, no less).
A longtime New Yorker contributor, Harvard professor and endlessly curious writer, local dynamo Jill Lepore was the perfect person to unearth the backstory of one of pop culture’s most iconic female badasses…...