I Know a Woman


I Know A Woman was published by Aurum on February 15. It’s all about the links between some of the most fascinating women of the last couple of hundred years; friendships, mentoring, influences and groups that served to inspire and strengthen their resolve.

There are mini biographies of 84 women; some you’ll know such as Amelia Earhart, Beyoncé and Katharine Hepburn, but others are more esoteric. I loved uncovering the stories of artist Claude Cahun, aviatrix Marie Marvingt, and maths genius Sofia Kovalevskaya.

The book is made by the incredible illustrations of Sarah Papworth; they’re vibrant, compelling and tell each woman’s story to great effect. The book is available in all good bookshops and online, and I can’t wait for you to see it in real life – it’s a beautiful thing. 


One of Red Magazine’s “Feminist must-reads of 2018”

Featured in Project Calm magazine, daily excerpts on The Pool. I was a featured guest on the Jo Good show on BBC London.

“As author Kate Hodges says, ‘behind every great woman is another great woman’ and this book proves it in all sorts of surprising ways.” Red Magazine

“With compelling story-telling and beautifully illustrated portraits, I Know a Woman is bold and engaging with a unique purpose to uncover the links between 84 pioneering women” Ms Magazine

“Through vivid illustrations, by Sarah Papworth, and illuminating words by Kate Hodges, I Know A Woman explores the lives of some of the women who helped to shape our world, and the connections between them.” Choice Magazine

“What is interesting is how Hodges internalises the successes, struggles and painful journeys of some of these women. When you read their stories, you don’t only get a glimpse of their glamourous or painful achievements, you also feel what Hodges felt writing about their special corner in history.” yaansoon.com