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Yukiko Sugihara

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Mia Clark for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April 2017 Swindon Central Library.  Yukiko Sugihara was responsible for encouraging her husband, Chiune Sugihara, Japan’s consul in Kovno, Lithuania to issue 2,139 visas for 6,000 displaced Polish Jews during WWII despite his government’s objections and …

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Yayoi Kusama

This weeks Illustrated Woman in History was illustrated by Yuki Sambongi. It is featured in the second issue of the Illustrated Women in History zine which you can order here. Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist and writer who is recognised as one of the most important living artists from Japan, and an important part …

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Raichō Hiratsuka

Raichō Hiratsuka was a writer, journalist, political activist, anarchist and pioneering Japanese feminist who founded Seitō (Bluestocking) magazine. Hiratsuka was born in 1886 in Tokyo. She attended Japan Women’s University where she became interested in European philosophy, Zen buddhism and the Swedish feminist writer Ellen Key. After graduating, she continued her education at the Narumi …