Bygone Badass Broads: 8 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World

Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads—written by Lee and featuring illustrations by Petra Eriksson—tells the remarkable stories of 52 oft-forgotten trailblazing women from across the world. In the following eight excerpts, you’ll meet suffragettes who did jujitsu, women warriors who wore lipstick into battle and queens who put women in their rightful places—positions of power. Buy the book today to meet the rest.

Find Mackenzi on the Bygone Badass Broads book tour:

  • February 28: Trident Booksellers Boston, MA (7 p.m.)
  • March 2: Belmont Books Belmont, MA (7 p.m.)
  • March 3: Whitlam Books Reading, MA (3 p.m.)
  • March 8-10: SEYA, Middle State Univ, TN
  • March 15: Left Bank Books St. Louis, MO (7 p.m.)
  • March 17: Bound Booksellers Franklin, TN (2 p.m.)
  • March 18: Charis Books & More Atlanta, GA (3 p.m. meet & greet)
  • March 19: Joseph Beth Cincinnati, OH (7 p.m.)
  • March 20: White Wale Bookstore Pittsburgh, PA (7 p.m.)
  • March 21: Fountain Bookstore Richmond, VA (6:30 p.m.)
  • March 22: Politics & Prose at the Wharf Washington, DC (7 p.m.)


About and

Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Simmons College. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the historical fantasy novels This Monstrous Thing and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, as well as the forthcoming The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (2018) and Semper Augustus (2019). She currently calls Boston home, where she works as an independent bookstore manager.
Petra Eriksson is a Swedish illustrator and artist based in Barcelona. She is a founding member of HER Barcelona, a part of HER Global Network, as well as a compulsive drawer and professional tea drinker with a love for dots, bright colours and confetti.