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Courtney Love

This weeks Illustrated Woman in History was submitted by Stan Charles Roberts. It is featured in the Women’s History Month 2019 zine. Click here to buy. Courtney Love is a feminist singer, lyricist, and rhythm guitarist best known as the front woman of Hole. She has been called “the number one greatest female rock star of all …

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Karen Carpenter

The biography for this weeks illustrated woman in history was submitted by Anna Sanderson. Illustration by Thom Kofoed. Karen Carpenter was a singer and drummer with the brother-sister duo Carpenters. A pioneer for female percussionists, her untimely death brought much needed awareness to the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. Karen Anne Carpenter was born on March …

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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 …