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Women of Myth

From the Deer Woman and Mami Wata to Amaterasu and Athena, Your Guide to the Amazing and Diverse Women from World Mythology

Illustrated by Sara Richard
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Uncover the fascinating and complex females from mythology and folklore with this collection of stories profiling powerful goddesses, mighty queens, and legendary creatures.

Get inspired with 50 fascinating stories of powerful female figures from mythologies around the world. From heroines and deities to leaders and mythical creatures, this collection explores figures of myth who can inspire modern readers with their ability to shape our culture with the stories of their power, wisdom, compassion, and cunning.

Featured characters include:
-Atalanta: Greek heroine and huntress who killed the Caledonia Boar and joined the Argonauts
-Sky-Woman: The first woman in Iroquois myth who fell through a hole in the sky and into our world
-Pele: Hawaiian volcano goddess
-Clídna: Queen of the Banshees in Irish legend
-La Llorona: A ghostly woman in Mexican folklore who wanders the waterfront

Celebrate these game-changing, attention-worthy female characters with this collection of engaging tales.

Jenny Williamson is an award-winning poet, writer, storyteller, podcaster, and freelance copywriter. Crafting haunting narratives and hard-hitting copy, she is a born researcher who breathes fresh life into ancient mythology and cultures while making the stories she tells accessible for modern audiences. She is the cohost and cocreator of the Ancient History Fangirl podcast which explores true stories and tall tales of the ancient world.

Genn McMenemy is an award-winning freelance marketer, writer, and podcaster. After spending over a decade working in the UK publishing industry, she now works for herself as a freelance marketer, focusing on author management and small business growth. She is a dedicated researcher who loves to blend mythology and cultural history to bring ancient stories to life. She is the cohost and cocreator of the Ancient History Fangirl podcast which explores true stories and tall tales of the ancient world.

Sara Richard is an Eisner and Ringo Award–nominated artist from New Hampshire. She has worked in the comic book industry for eight years, mainly as a cover artist. Before that, she was a toy sculptor at Hasbro, specializing in making tiny dinosaurs. Sara’s inspiration comes from Art Deco, Art Nouveau, 1980s fashion, and Victorian-era design. When not making art or writing, she’s watching horror movies, cleaning forgotten gravestones, and collecting possibly haunted curios from the 19th century. Her online gallery can be found at

“Who doesn’t love a good story about a badass woman? This book is filled with them, from beautiful goddesses to warrior princesses, heroines, and even monsters! Authors Jenny Williamson and Genn McMenemy, hosts of the Ancient History Fangirl podcast, retelling stories with their attention to (sometimes gory) detail, and flair for the nerdy. With gorgeous illustrations from the same illustrator that brough to life Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook, this is book you’ll want to pick up and flip through long after your first reading.”

—Rebecca T., Editor, on Women of Myth

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