In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re featuring images from the Woman Card Girl Power playing cards, which showcase and celebrate young women who have changed the world. Moving …
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re featuring images from the Woman Card Girl Power playing cards, which showcase and celebrate young women who have changed the world. Moving through the artist-drawn cards, last week we featured Malala Yousafzai, the Ace; Joan of Arc, the King; and Mary Shelley, the Queen—all of whom were teenagers when they accomplished extraordinary feats. We pick up where we left off.
Jack: Sybil Ludington—On the night of April 26, 1777, at only 16 years old, Sybil Ludington rode to alert American militia of the imminent arrival of British soldiers—and she rode nearly twice as far as Paul Revere. Her story was first told in an 1880 book by historian Martha Lamb, and the legend of her ride has slowly grown over time. She is the Jack of our deck, because the rank “Jack” was initially conceived as a page, who often served as messengers—which is exactly what Sybil was.
10: Emma Gonzalez—After the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Emma Gonzalez and her classmates took a stand against gun violence. At the March for Our Lives, just weeks after the shooting, Emma’s speech was heard around the world, punctuated by a six-minute moment of silence that matched the duration of the shooting. After joining Twitter, she received over one million followers in just 10 days, dramatically surpassing the National Rifle Association.
Nine: Artemisia Gentileschi—Artemisia Gentileschi was a groundbreaking Italian painter in the 17th-century Baroque period, whose talent at an early age set her apart from her male peers. Artistically, she is best known for her expressive and boundary-pushing style, and for becoming the first woman to join the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence. She is also well known for her courage in participating in the prosecution of a man who sexually assaulted her when she was 18—during a time when such participation by women was unheard of—nine months after the attack on her.
Zeb and Zach Walh are a brother-and-sister duo who have been producing playing cards for the last eight years. Hand-drawn by Zeb, the decks feature 15 original portraits of women who changed the world. Zach also serves as the minority leader in the Iowa State Senate. Visit thewomancards.com for more information. If you wish to purchase any cards, you can use the code DEALMEIN23 for 10 percent off.
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