In the weeks leading up to International Women’s Day, we will be sharing excerpts from “Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World,” by Pénélope Bagieu. In these illustrations, we’ll learn about space pioneers and queens, doctors and athletes.

This week, we’re bringing you a look at Agnodice who watched women in her family suffer, and sometimes die, in childbirth. She went on to study medicine and fight for her right to practice as a doctor in her home country, Greece.

Queen Nzinga demanded to be treated as an equal and refused to take a king

‘BRAZEN’ | Excerpts from a forthcoming graphic novel highlighting women throughout history

Mae Jemison was the first black woman in space. She’s spent her life proving people wrong.

‘BRAZEN’ | Excerpts from a forthcoming graphic novel highlighting women throughout history