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 Sylvia Mendez, the eight; Ming Kipa, the seven; and Helen Keller, the six—all of whom were teenagers when they accomplished extraordinary feats. We pick up where we left off.
Five: Sophie Scholl—Sophie Scholl was an organizer with White Rose, a student activist organization at the University of Munich, which was dedicated to resisting the Nazi regime in Germany through non-violent means. Sophie helped to create and distribute anti-Nazi literature among German students, while also overseeing the finances of White Rose. The five student leaders of White Rose resisted the Nazi regime until their arrest in 1943. Her final words were, “Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if, through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?”
Four: Ruby Bridges—Ruby Bridges is best known for being the first black child to attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. She was one of four kids to attend traditionally white schools in the city. It was Ruby’s mother Lucille, the daughter of sharecroppers, who strongly encouraged her daughter to attend the all-white school, in order to both receive a better education and to lead for the betterment of all black children in America. Her first day of school was memorialized in the famous Norman Rockwell painting, “The Problem We All Live With,” which served as an inspiration for our illustration.
Three: Anne Frank—Anne Frank is known worldwide for her “Diary of a Young Girl,” which became internationally recognized after its publication following the end of World War II. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany into a Jewish family, which fled to the Netherlands when the Nazis seized power. She was one of three young people in the Secret Annex, where she and her family went into hiding. Anne became stateless after her citizenship was revoked in 1941, which is why she is depicted without a flag in her background. Her record of life in hiding, of coming of age, of persistence, all in the face of fascism, continues to inspire people of all genders and ages across the world.
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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