black history literature

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 …

womens rights womens suffrage

Alice Paul

Alice Paul was an American suffragist and feminist who dedicated her life to women’s rights. She was one of the leaders of the campaign for the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Paul first learned about the fight for women’s suffrage from her mother, Tacie Paul who was a member of the National American Woman …

activists Civil Rights womens rights

Dolores Heurta

Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association – later the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta’s career in life was inspired by both of her parents, mother’s independence and entrepreneurial spirit was one of the primary reasons she became a feminist. Although her parents divorced, she was fiercely proud …

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Sophia Jex-Blake

Sophia Jex-Blake was an English physician and feminist who led the Edinburgh Seven, the first women to matriculate at a British university. Jex-Blake was dissuaded from pursing an education by her parents, who did not believe that women were entitled to equal education. She eventually managed to attend Queen’s College, where she impressed the faculty …

zine

Illustrated Women in History Zine #4

The fourth A5 Illustrated Women in History zine is now available on Etsy! http://etsy.me/2s46fVx Zines are handmade to order and will sometimes be slightly wonky as a result of being trimmed! They are approx. 40 pages and include 20 illustrations & write ups. Zine features Illustrations and biographies of Octavia E. Butler Kimberlé Crenshaw Florynce Kennedy …

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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 …

feminist womens rights

Gloria Steinem

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Sophie Lloyd for the upcoming Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April at Swindon Central Library. It is part of the Illustrated Women in History III zine which is now available here http://etsy.me/2nwlby2 Gloria Steinem is is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer who …

anti-fascist feminist

Marina Ginestà i Coloma

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Jan (LeToMaGiC zine) for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April 2017 at Swindon Central Library.  Marina Ginestà i Coloma Marina Ginestà Coloma was born in Toulouse in 1919, because her leftist working-class parents had emigrated from Catalunya to France. Her grandmother Micaela Chalmeta had …

literature

Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson was a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author best known as the creator of the Moomins. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966 for her writing. Jansson was born in 1914 in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland which was then an autonomous part of the Russian Empire. Her …