These ‘Rejected Princesses’ Are Worth Reading About

Some princesses don’t wear tiaras, they don’t wait for their Prince Charming to come rescue them, and they don’t sing songs while they work. Jason Porath is the author of Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics and the blog of the same name. Over 100 women are portrayed in this book that you may or may not have heard of. One thing they all have in common is that they’ve all done something worth noting. 


According to Bustle, Porath said his goal is to showcase “women too uncompromising, too untoward, or too uncomfortable to fit the modern princess mold.” Porath used to be a Dreamworks animator and the pictures he’s created for his book definitely portray his background. 

Bustle also says, “The stories are rated by maturity level, with icons that signify trigger warnings for rape, abuse, violence, etc. This is a collection that refuses to censor the truth.”

Here are a few! 

Ida B. Wells

I’m sure you’ve heard of Ida B. Wells, but do you know what she did? The daughter of slaves and a slave herself for the first 6 months of her life, Wells went on to become a Civil Rights Activist, the founder of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), and a journalist.

Noor Inayat Khan 

Noor Inayat Khan was a secret agent for Great Britain during WWII. She was born to an Indian father and an American mother, and was captured by the Gestapo during her work for Britain, tortured, and killed in 1944. She wrote children’s stories and advocated for independence and liberation. 


Osh-Tisch’s name literally means “Finds Them and Kills Them” and that’s what she did. She was an assigned-male-at-birth woman and was part of the Crow Native American tribe. She took up arms against the Lakota and joined her male tribe members in the fight. 

There are a ton of women featured on Porath’s blog that come from myths, literature, and real life. Rejected Princesses is available now! 


Images courtesy of Bustle and Entertainment Weekly