Published on February 5th, 2020 | by Tim Chuma

Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World

Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World Tim Chuma

Summary: From the publishers of Kazoo magazine for young girls comes this compendium of women achievers from all over the world.


You go girl!

From the publishers of Kazoo magazine for young girls comes this compendium of women achievers from all over the world written and illustrated by a bunch of up and coming women comic artists also.

While I had heard of some of these women, a lot of them are new to me and I enjoyed finding out about them and looking at the artwork at the same time. The title might be a bit overblown, but it is still interesting to hear about these people none the less.

I did read a criticism that the stories are too short and do not go into the lives of the people covered in detail. They are not meant to as you can always research the people you are interested in and use this book as a discovery point.

I did like the “things you have in common with this person” section in the introduction to each story along with the short blurb and a photo or drawing of the actual person.

There a couple of omissions on the scientist front such as Marie Currie who is one of the main ones included in other books I have seen on similar topics. It does seem very US-oriented overall but I cannot fault it for including persons of colour and people from more obscure fields.

I would have loved to have seen Lucy Alford included, who worked at the Spotswood Pumping station and who Melbourne band the Orbweavers wrote about.


Also this one about some of the lesser known workers who suffered terribly


Strangely there are not many musicians included at all in this book? There are quite a lot of them that could have been a great contribution to it. Maybe for another volume.

I know someone who would be perfect for it, just don’t call her a female musician that qualifier is unnecessary.


No Dolly? WTF!?


Kate Bush was still a teenager when she released her biggest hit


Yeah, maybe they do need another book of just musicians, could have been at least one entire volume of just them. Also more non-USA people and people not in the Northern Hemisphere. Still a good book though and well worth reading for older people who want to find out more as well as the younger audience it was meant for.

Book details:

Publisher: Kazoo Magazine

225 pages


  • Mary Shelley by Emil Ferris (My Favorite Thing is Monsters)
  • Hallie Daggett by Rosemary Valero-OfConnell (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me)
  • Josephine Baker by Alitha E. Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda)
  • Julia Child by Lucy Knisley (Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos)
  • Hedy Lamarr by Sarah Winifred Searle (Sincerely, Harriet)
  • Jeanne Baret by Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles: a Lubberfs Guide to Life at Sea)
  • Wangari Maathai by Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!)
  • Raye Montague by Yao Xiao (Everything Is Beautiful, And Ifm Not Afraid)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt by Emily Flake (Lulu Eightball)
  • Bessie Coleman by Shannon Wright (Betty Before X)
  • Ida Lewis by Rebecca Mock (Compass South)
  • Rosa Parks by Ashley A. Woods (Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade)
  • Eugenie Clark by Maris Wicks (Primates)
  • Mary Anning by Little Corvus (The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York)
  • Caroline Herschel by Chan Chau (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Sirens)
  • Emily Warren Roebling by Kiku Hughes (Displacement)
  • Madam C. J. Walker by K. L. Ricks (Naima)
  • Annie Londonderry by Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes)
  • Maria Tallchief by Weshoyot Alvitre (Alice Sixkiller)
  • Junko Tabei by MariNaomi (Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories)
  • Frida Kahlo by Naomi Franquiz (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)
  • Maya Angelou by Shauna J. Grant (Princess Love Pon)
  • Kate Warne by Molly Brooks (Sanity & Tallulah)
  • Nelly Bly by Jackie Roche (Escape from Syria)
  • Mother Jones by Sophie Goldstein (House of Women)

About the Author

Writer, photographer, artist and music fan from Melbourne, Australia.

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