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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 …

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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 …

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Anne Sexton

This weeks Illustrated Woman in History was illustrated and written by @ladieswhodraw. It is featured in the second issue of the Illustrated Women in History zine which you can order here.   “A handful of truly exceptional writers helped give birth to the genre of confessional poetry, but to me, this genre’s true mother is …

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Wanda Gág

Wanda Gág was an American artist, author, translator and illustrator. She wrote and illustrated the children’s book Millions of Cats, which won both a Newbery Honor Award and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. It is the oldest American picture book still in print. Gág was born in 1893 in New Ulm, Minnesota. Her parents, Elisabeth …

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Anne Marie Schwarzenbach

Annemarie Schwarzenbach was a Swiss writer, journalist, photographer and traveler who produced more than 300 articles and 5,000 photographs from her journeys across Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Africa. Schwarzenbach was born in 1908 in Horgen near Zurich, Switzerland to one of the richest families in Switzerland at the time. From an …

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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was a prolific American poet who has been posthumously celebrated for her unusual use of form and syntax. Dickinson was born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her father wanted all of his children to be well-educated and Dickinson attended primary school in Amherst before continuing on to Amherst Academy which had recently opened …