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Review: Renegade Women in Film & TV by Elizabeth Weitzman

Renegade Women in Film & TV celebrates the women who broke glass ceilings within the film and tv industry. Pioneers, inventors, and women who marched to the their own rhythm.

Summary

Renegade Women in Film and TV blends stunning illustrations, fascinating biographical profiles, and exclusive interviews with icons like Barbra Streisand, Rita Moreno, and Sigourney Weaver to celebrate the accomplishments of 50 extraordinary women throughout the history of entertainment.

Each profile highlights the groundbreaking accomplishments and essential work of pioneers from the big and small screens, offering little-known facts about household names (Lucille Ball, Oprah Winfrey, Nora Ephron) and crucial introductions to overlooked pioneers (Alla Nazimova, Anna May Wong, Frances Marion). From 19th century iconoclast Alice Guy Blach� to 21st century trailblazer Ava DuVernay, Renegade Women honors the women who succeeded against all odds, changing their industry in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Review

(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Reading Renegade Women in Film & TV just makes you appreciate how far things have come. We’ve still got a long way to go, but you read about women whose achievements were taken away from them. Who lived against the grain of society, suffered to create art, and to live true to themselves. Some of these names you might recognize, others you may never have heard of. It’s just a testament to the ways some of these women have had to fight for their recognition, to even appear in a book like this.

These women are organized chronologically and we see that women aren’t a new phenomenon. They were always there, even when the history books wouldn’t see them, when society wouldn’t acknowledge them. Renegade Women in Film & TV is full of gorgeous illustrations, interviews from women like Rita Moreno, Sigourney Weaver, and more. At the end of the book is an essential viewing list. Not only does this book look good on coffee tables and in your hands, it is a book that will open a window into a world you may not be aware of and is an excellent book for the budding feminist in your life.

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