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 the Mirabal sisters, four Dominican sisters who joined the opposition against dictator Rafael Trujillo. Three of the four sisters were assassinated on Nov. 25, 1960, a day that is now recognized as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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

Female doctors were illegal in Greece. So Agnodice dressed up as a man to save lives.

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