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Dusty Springfield

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was illustrated by B Newman. It is featured in the Illustrated Women in History zine #5 which is available here http://etsy.me/2nMhm6n Dusty Springfield was born in 1939 in West Hampstead, London. She began singing with a group called the Lona Sisters before forming the Springfields with her brothers. The …

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was illustrated by Emma Thacker. It is featured in the Illustrated Women in History zine #5 which is available here http://etsy.me/2nMhm6n Sister Rosetta Tharpe was the ‘godmother of rock ‘n’ roll’. She was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. Tharpe’s mother encouraged her musically and by 4 years …

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Danica Roem

Danica Roem is an American journalist and politician of the Democratic Party from Northern Virginia. In the 2017 elections, she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. She will become the first openly transgender person to both be elected to a U.S. state’s legislature and serve her term. Roem was born in Prince William …

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Carrie Brownstein

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Rachel Nelson.  Carrie Brownstein is an American musician, comedian, writer, actress, and director. She rose to prominence in the acclaimed punk band Sleater-Kinney, which she formed in 1994 with Corin Tucker. Brownstein grew up in Washington State and attended college in Olympia. During this time she …

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Grace Jones

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Roberta Fidora @robertafidora. It is part of the Illustrated Women in History III zine which is available here http://etsy.me/2nwlby2 To many, Grace Jones is notorious for whacking an etiquette-challenged chat show host and being the muse of many a photographer, fashion designer and artist, but her …

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Nadia Boulanger

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by James Purvis.  Nadia Boulanger was a French composer and conductor who amongst her other achievements became the first woman to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1912. As a child she was sensitive to music, and a story is told of her hearing a fire alarm …

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Ethel Smyth

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Clare Butler for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition 2017 at Swindon Central Library.  Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) was a woman once described as an armoured tank drawing enemy fire. She was a celebrated composer, author, musician, enthusiastic golfer, and, in her own words, a ‘militant …

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Poison Ivy

This weeks Illustrated Woman in History was illustrated by Jabe Nicholls @xeros-junkyard , who explains her choice below.  “I chose Poison Ivy from the Cramps as I recently got into their music and as a guitar player I wanted to find out more about her playing but there just wasn’t much around. Turns out none …