Hello, George and Rhiannon here.
You might wonder what labour of love drove George (the artist) to create the piece you see below.
Two years ago, Rhiannon was staring at a similar effort of George's, an illustration of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of the 20th Century. She noticed that only around 15 of those were women.
Something about that just didn't seem right.
Thus, a project was born: to compile our own list, and draw a picture of some of the most influential people the world has known. But this time, all of them women.
Once finished, we wondered what to do with it. The picture just seemed too marvellous and the women too wonderful to keep to ourselves. So we thought we'd stick it on the internet, and see what people think. We hope you like it.
Us? We're two country bumpkins living, studying and working in Southampton UK. When we aren't creating feminist art, we're watching Parks and Recreation, coming up with vegetarian burger recipes and writing a graphic novel about Zombies. Watch this space.
A note from the George:
"I like to look at this picture and imagine the stories these women would tell each other were they in the same room. There would be stories of grandeur, of daring, of humanity and of grace (and certainly many an argument over ideology). That is the idea of this piece. These women were chosen for the stories they hold, as much as for their merit. You may not necessarily agree with them, as they would certainly not all agree with each other, but there is an inspiring figure for everybody within this frame. And of course, there is twice this number and more awaiting future editions. So click on a face, learn a little, and keep clicking."
Women: Inspiring, revolutionary and badass since the Big Bang (almost)
But you'd be forgiven if you sometimes wondered, "where are all the women at?!"
Our history books tend to focus on the deeds and misdeeds of men. Women's achievements don't often make the news- and often their male counterparts take the credit.
We're here to rock that boat (and your world).
Who is Fatou Bensouda? Only the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
Whose discoveries informed our understanding of DNA but was plagiarised by her male colleagues? Rosalind Franklin, that's who.
Who is Sacagawea? The Native American who led the pioneers across 2,000 miles of wild country.
The 210 hand-drawn faces below all have a story- some tragic, some awesome, some unbelievable. All are Wonderful.
So go ahead: browse, learn, educate. Pick a role model- there's hundreds to choose from. Pick 10.
Our Women of Wonder project is not an exhaustive list: it's a starting point. We would like this to be an ever-growing educational resource and we welcome submissions and ideas.
We'd love to get started creating merchandise. Would you buy Women of Wonder on a tote bag? A T shirt? A pillowcase?A tea towel? A Let us know!
Have we missed somebody crucial that you think should be on the next edition of Women of Wonder? Get in touch!
Representation matters to us. We have tried to include as many nationalities and be as balanced as possible with our original Women of Wonder, and we'd like to create special Women of Wonder editions. Think Activists, LBT Women, Women of Colour, Scientists, Artists...to name but a few, and the list is endless. However, it does take time for George and his pens to conjure up the magic, so if you've got a request, please be patient!
Note: we support trans* women's identities and consider 'women' to be those who self-identify as such.
Contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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