Irish Women Who Changed the World

Written by
Sarah Webb
Illustrated by
Lauren O'Neill
Blazing a Trail

Salute the remarkable Irish women who changed history in this beautifully illustrated book. From Irish women who made changes in Ireland to those who made changes abroad. From adventurers to inventors; explorers to warriors; from designers to writers; rebel leaders to presidents, this book is a true celebration of Irish Women.

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64 pages
242x180 mm

A book for everyone who dreams of changing the world.

From fearless aviator, Lady Mary Heath, the first woman in the world to parachute from an aeroplane, to Margaret Bulkley, the 18th-century surgeon who lived as a man, meet 28 remarkable Irish women who have taken the world by storm.

You may have already heard some of their names, like Countess Markievicz and Mary Robinson, but others, like Anne Sullivan, Lilian Bland or Anna Haslam, may be new to you.

Packed with fun, fascinating facts and stunning, full-page illustrations, this book celebrates the trail blazers who have shaped the world we live in.

Ready to walk in their footsteps? A world of bravery and discovery awaits you.

Made by two remarkable women, author Sarah Webb and illustrator Lauren O'Neill.

Sarah Webb is the author of the Ask Amy Green and Songbird Café series for young readers. She worked for many years as a children’s bookseller and now combines writing with schools visits, reading and giving workshops at festivals, and teaching creative writing. In 2015, Sarah was awarded the Children’s Books Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Books. She is the Children’s Literary Advisor to Listowel Writers’ Week and was writer in residence for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 2016/2017. For more, visit

Lauren O'Neill is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Dublin. Originally from Wexford, she moved to Dublin to study Vis Comm in NCAD and now thinks of the city as home. Since graduating in 2006 she has worked mainly as a designer in branding and advertising but has recently begun to focus on illustration full time. Lauren has been an avid reader since childhood so illustrating books has been a lifelong ambition.

If you want to feel inspired, read this book about trailblazing Irish women

the list is wonderfully varied – here are suffragists, scientists, artists, aviators, entrepreneurs and sportswomen, and their lives and achievements are energetically though thoughtfully summed up in Sarah Webb’s text, one page per subject. A successful author of fiction, Webb gets the tone spot on, lively and engaging with a real sense of excitement and awe at the way her subjects negotiated the obstacles in their way to pioneer a trail for women. Lauren O’Neill’s accompanying full page illustrations have equal amounts of vigour bringing these women to colourful life … a book to inspire all readers

Books for Keeps

love the full page illustrations by Lauren O'Neill, which combine aspects of the achievements along with a portrait - cleverly done and a good way to stimulate discussion. Packed with fun, fascinating facts this book celebrates some of the trail blazers who have shaped the world we live in

Parents in Touch

an essential for every young girl on the Emerald Isle. It is so important to educate young women about our history and the women who paved the way for them in the past

Mummy Pages

the moving stories, stunning illustrations and empowering icons make this book a perfect guide for the future Mná na hÉireann. Blazing A Trail is written by the phenomenal Sarah Webb and features flawless illustrations by Lauren O’Neill

Magic Mum

whether changing the world in a blaze of publicity or doing so quietly and largely unnoticed, the women featured in Blazing a Trail certainly provide inspiration for those who of making their own mark on the world in the future

Evening Echo

this interesting volume sets the record straight on a segment of Irishness that has sometimes been ignored

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