Our Brave Foremothers: Workman Press, 2023


Our Brave Foremothers: Celebrating 100 Black, Brown, Asian & Indigenous Women Who Changed the Course of History (Workman, 2023) is on sale now at all booksellers!

Over 200+ pages, beautifully illustrated by the incredible artist Joelle Avelino, author Rozella Kennedy uplifts an intergenerational, intercultural bouquet of Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous women who will light up your life!

From Etel Adnan to Mary Jones, Thelma Garcia Buchholdt to Pura Belpré to Zitkála-Šá, meet 100 amazing foremothers—women of color who left a lasting mark on US history, some famous, some little-known, all passionate, impactful, and incredible!

Following each entry is a prompt that asks you to connect your life to theirs, an inspiring way to understand their influence and the power of their stories.

To consider on a deeper level the devotedness of Clara Brown, the fearlessness of Jovita Idár, the guts of Grace Lee Boggs, or the selflessness of Martha Louise Morrow Foxx. And to be as brave as we each can be—and then beyond that.


Explore ten of the portraits below:

Selected Book Reviews:

Proximate Press Excerpt: Our Brave Foremothers in Community-Driven Journalism. Three women in American history who paved the way for people-powered media

HerStorySpeaks Podcast thrilling hour-long conversation!

Writing is My Drink: Rozella Kennedy Answers the Call to Write with her book, Our Brave Foremothers

Hachette Book Group Author Profile: Get to Know Rozella Kennedy

48 Hills - San Francisco: ‘Our Brave Foremothers’ brings the history of women of color to life for all

Minerva Strategies: Brave Sis: Bringing It All Together

Curiosity Based book review

Citizen Times: WNC Parent - Books for Mom