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Jovita Valdovinos Medina

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Kristina A. Boylan, with the biography in both English and Spanish. Jovita Valdovinos Medina led soldiers in Mexico’s Cristero rebellion, an insurrection against the 1926 implementation of the anticlerical provisions of the Mexican Constitution of 1917 (the name derives from their battle cry “Viva Cristo Rey”/“Long …

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Margaret of Austria

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Hannah Powell and will be included in the next Illustrated Women in History zine! Margaret of Austria Margaret was born in 1480, her father was the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I who ruled over large swathes of western Europe, including Austria and the Netherlands. Her mother, …

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Emilia Plater

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Natalia Szwancyber @nat-es Emilia Plater (1806-1831) was a Polish noble woman and revolutionary. She is considered a national heroine in Poland and Lithuania for her role in the 1830 November Uprising. Plater was born in Vilnius, Lithuania to a noble Polish–Lithuanian family. She was very well-educated, and …

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Christina, Queen of Sweden

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Katharina Röser @katharinaroeser​. Christina, Queen of Sweden is remembered for her unconventional lifestyle, masculine dressing and behaviour and her lavish sponsorship of the arts and her influence on European culture. When Christina was born, she was initially proclaimed to be the son her parents desired but after …

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Gormflaith ingen Murchada

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Mice Hell @triggerthumblr for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April 2017 Swindon Central Library.  Gormflaith ingen Murchada, c.960-1030 Medieval Irish noblewoman Loathe as I am to just give a list of a woman’s male relatives while recounting her life, there is actually so little …

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Boudica

This weeks Illustrated Woman in History was illustrated by Alexandra McCarthy and the biography was written by Chris Morris. It is featured in the second issue of the Illustrated Women in History zine.  Boudica was a queen of the Iceni tribe. She led a short yet brutal uprising against the Roman Empire occupying Britain. Boudica’s …

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Queen Tomyris

Today’s Illustrated Woman in History was written by Lavinia Roberts and illustrated by Sophia Parsons Cope.  Queen Tomyris TIME: Circa 530 B.C. WHERE: Parts of present day Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, western Uzbekistan , and southern Kazakhstan. Queen Tomyris ruled over the Massagetae, an Iranian confederation of nomadic, pastoral tribes. Queen Tomyris inherited the throne from her husband Cyrus II …

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Zenobia

Today’s Illustrated Woman in History was written by Naomi Wilcox-Lee of Sheroes of History and illustrated by @geeniejay​. It is featured in the second issue of the Illustrated Women in History zine which you can order here. Zenobia – Warrior Queen Zenobia was a 3rd century warrior queen who claimed she was descended from none …

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Hatshepsut

Today’s Illustrated Women in History is a written submission by Hollie Peck. HATSHEPSUT was the longest reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt during the 18th dynasty. Her reign lasted for nearly two decades from 1479 to 1458 BC. Daughter to King Tuthmoses I and Queen Ahmose, she had two younger brothers who both died in …