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Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange was an American playwright and poet best known for the Obie Award-winning play for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. She was a self-proclaimed black feminist, and her work frequently addressed race and feminism. Shange was born Paulette L. Williams in 1948 in Trenton, New Jersey, where …

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Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

Today’s Illustrated Women in History was illustrated by Sophia Parsons Cope @soufexdraws and the biography was written by Melaina Leung. It will be included in the next Illustrated Women in History zine! Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston is a Japanese-American writer, best known for Farewell to Manzanar, her autobiographical novel about life in a Japanese internment camp during …

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Bethany Weatherill and will be featured in the next Illustrated Women in History zine. The biography has been posted previously, here Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer. She is best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: …

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Charlotte Brontë

Today’s Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Amy Kovac @kovvac and will be included in the next Illustrated Women in History zine! Charlotte Brontë 1816-1855  “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë Charlotte Brontë has become one of …

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Virginia Woolf

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Elisa Braga “It seemed to her such nonsense – inventing differences, when people, heaven knows, were different enough without that.” Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was a British Modernist writer and one of the first women to write openly about gender and sexuality in her time. Her stories …

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Savitribai Phule

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Ramya Ramakrishnan for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April 2017 Swindon Central Library.  Savitribai Phule: (1831 – 1897) Savitribai was an Indian social reformer, standing up for the injustices against women. She worked along with her husband, Jyotirao Phule. From child marriage, to the …

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Banana Yoshimoto

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Sade John @sadiesavestheday for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April 2017 at Swindon Central Library.  Banana Yoshimoto is the pen name of Japanese writer Mahoko Yoshimoto. She has achieved worldwide popularity for her unusual stories and characters. Yoshimoto began writing while at the College …

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Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry was an American playwright, civil rights activist and writer. Her groundbreaking play, A Raisin In The Sun was the first to be performed on Broadway written by a black woman and performed by a black cast. Hansberry was born in 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to politically active parents. Eight years later, after her …