Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2


“To the rebel girls of the world:
You are the promise
You are the force
Don’t step back and everyone will move forward”

 Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2

I am a big believer in the power of story to teach, and a current favourite in our house is the book Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.

Written with a delightful twist on fairy-tale conventions such as, “Once upon a time, a girl called Amelia saved enough money to buy a yellow aeroplane”, it has a familiar pattern that is easily accessible. Each page tells the story of an inspirational woman who overcame adversity to be who they are meant to be.

With beautiful illustrations and inspiring quotes from each woman included, this book features a number of women both dead and alive. Their fields of expertise are diverse, with politics, marine biology, and art being a small sample. But the wonderful thing is, each story opens my daughters’ eyes to the many forms of adversity in the world today.

With Amelia Earhart, Malala Yousafzai and Jane Austen being just a very small sample, it examines barriers of race, class and gender. It examines religious and cultural restrictions. It deals with the realities of poverty and conflict and it features a number of women who overcame disability to realise their dreams.

As I was driving to art class this morning, my daughter was once again telling me her favourites: the Haitian pirate Jacquotte Delahaye; the Mongolian Eagle Huntress was who the first woman of her people to train a Golden Eagle to hunt; and the English zoologist who as a young child took her pet crocodile to school.

She described it to me as “fairy tales with real women”, and through these true stories, my daughter is learning about resilience, perseverance, identity and adversity.

I am continually astounded by how many of these women are mentioned in our kitchen table conversations, but I no longer need to ask the question “Where did you hear about her?”

For the answer is always Goodnight Stories for Rebel girls.



About Jodie McCarthy

Jodie is a writer, speaker, poet and mother. An unashamed words girl who writes to process the myriad of experiences of life. In her writing and on her blog she investigates the journey of life: the beautiful; the painful; the everyday; and the mundane. She has a heart for encouraging women on their life journey, particularly when that journey traverses the harder places of grief and pain. On the days when she is not writing you will find her in her kitchen, usually licking the beaters from a chocolate cake. You can find her books and follow her journey at

2 thoughts on “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

  • Joni

    I love that the book still plays to our innate desire for ‘once upon a time’! But this time, the happily ever after is dependant on living the best life we possibly can, and taking as many people as we can, along for the journey. I”m so inspired by this book and I haven’t even read it (yet!)

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