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 Sybil Ludington, the Jack; Emma Gonzalez, the 10; and Artemisia Gentileschi, the 9—all of whom were teenagers when they accomplished extraordinary feats. We pick up where we left off.
Eight: Sylvia Mendez—At the age of eight, Sylvia Mendez—who is of both Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage—played a key role in ending discrimination against Latinx students in California public schools as lead plaintiff in Mendez v. Westminster. This ruling, from 1946, tackled the notion of “separate but equal” head-on, and fully established the connection between “equal protection under the law” and public education. Mendez’s activism directly paved the way for the more famous Brown v. Board of Education seven years later.
Seven: Ming Kipa—When Ming Kipa reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 24, 2003, she was the youngest person to ever reach the world’s highest point, a record she held for seven years. She summited with her older sister, Lhapka, and her brother, Mingma. Her sister Lhapka has summited Everest nine times—more than any other woman. Ming comes from an incredible family, and we’re thrilled to have her in the deck.
Six: Helen Keller—When Helen Keller was only 19 months old, she contracted a disease that left her deaf and blind. Four years later, when Helen was six years old, Anne Sullivan led her to a miraculous breakthrough moment, spelling “w-a-t-e-r” while running water over Helen’s free hand. She completed a bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College at Harvard University when she was 24, the first deaf-blind person in America to achieve that rank. Widely heralded for her incredible determination and perseverance, she was a passionate advocate for people with disabilities, women’s suffrage, birth control, radical socialism, the anti-war movement, and she helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920.
Zeb and Zach Wahl 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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