The illustrations are of iconic women who have left an indelible mark in the sands of time for – especially through the work they’ve done. Their achievements have been notable,and have impacted millions of women across the world.
Speaking about the inspiration for the project, Ampersand said:
“The inspiration for these illustrations was to celebrate iconic women not only from Ampersand destinations but from around the whole world. March is an important month for women with both Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day taking place. We wanted to do something extra special to celebrate the wonderful women who have had a significant impact on their own local communities and the world as a whole. It wasn’t easy to pick just 10 wonderful women but we looked to pick out iconic women from different countries throughout the course of history right up to the present day.”
See the illustrations below, along with the profiles of the women.
Emmeline Pankhurst – England
Women’s rights activist and leader of the British suffragette movement, which aided women to win the right to vote.
Marie Curie – Poland
Physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research into radioactivity, and was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize – and the only woman to win twice.
Simone de Beauvoir – France
Writer, political activist, social theorist and prominent feminist, best known for her book The Second Sex.
Frida Kahlo – Mexico
Painter known for self-portraits which were an uncompromising exploration of the female form and experience.
Rosa Parks – USA
Civil rights activist who has been heralded as “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.”
Obiageli Ezekwesili – Nigeria
Co-founder of the anti-corruption organization Transparency International and champion of the global #BringBackOurGirls campaign.