We Brave Women


The We Brave Women project is a set of cards featuring 60 different brave women. Each card features a hand-drawn, hand-painted portrait with a stories, facts and a quote from each woman. The set comes in a beautiful, sturdy box with beautiful hand-lettering across the front. Inside there are the stories of 60 different women from recent history. Each portrait is hand-drawn and hand-painted and on the back of each card there is a brief bio, facts and a quote from the woman.


It was important to me that the women represented were diverse, both in their ethnicity and also in their contributions. Many of the names were names that I had heard, but did not know enough about to actually tell their story or look to them as specific examples.


  • Ellen Ochoa | first hispanic woman to go to space
  • Maryam Mirzakhani | first woman to win world's top math award, the Fields Medal
  • Esther Peterson | consumer and women's advocate
  • Indira Gandhi | only woman to be Prime Minister of India 
  • Anna Pavlova | prima ballerina and choreographer
  • Ruby Bridges | first student in integrated school
  • Camille Claudel | sculptor
  • Wangari Maathai | founded the Green Belt Movement, won the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Nelly Bly | investigative journalist and human rights activist
  • Kathrine Switzer | first woman to run Boston Marathon
  • Emma Rowena "grandma" Gatewoo | survivor of domestic abuse and first woman to hike Appalachian Trail
  • Astrid Lindgren & Pippi Longstocking | author and strong girl
  • Anne Frank | World War II Diarist
  • Sojourner Truth | activist
  • Misty Copeland | first African American female principal dancer with American Balley Theatre
  • Julia Child | chef, author, and television star
  • Ada Lovelace | wrote the first algorithm for a machine, often called "the first computer programmer"
  • Emily Dickinson | poet
  • Paulina Luisi | first woman to get a medical degree in Uruguay and leader of feminist movement
  • Valentina Tereshkova | first woman in space
  • Maya Angelou | author, poet, actress
  • Irena Sendler | nurse, smuggled 2,500 children out of Warsaw ghetto.
  • Elizabath Kenny | polio nurse and founder of physical therapy
  • Corazon Aquino | first female President of the Philippines and leader of the Philippine Revolution of 1968
  • Frida Kahlo | painter
  • Sacagawea | wilderness explorer and guide
  • Marie Curie | physicist, chemist
  • Harriet Tubman | abolitionist
  • Ding Ling | famous Chinese author
  • Malala Yousafzai | education activist for women
  • Qiu Jin | Chinese revolutionary, feminist and writer
  • Aung San Suu Kyi Burmese freedom fighter and politician
  • Georgia O'Keefe | painter, 'Mother of American Modernism'
  • Rosa Parks | 'First Lady of Civil Rights Movement'
  • Wilma Rudolph | Olympic champion
  • Noor Inayat Khan | SOE Agent during WWII
  • Louisa May Alcott | novelist
  • Florence Nightingale | founder of modern nursing
  • Vigdis Finnbogadóttir | first female President of Iceland and Europe
  • Mother Teresa | humanitarian, nun
  • Jane Goodall | animal rights activist, expert on chimpanzees 
  • Fawzia Koofi | Afghan politician and women's rights activist
  • Coco Chanel | fashion designer
  • Maria Montessori | educator and physician who founded a pedagogical method of teaching children
  • Emmy Noether | mathematician and physicist
  • Zora Neale Hurston | writer
  • Rigoberta Menchú | human rights activist for the indigenous people of Guatemala
  • Dolores Huerta | Advocate for workers, immigrants, and women's rights
  • Ina May Gaskin | midwife and birth rights advocate
  • Dorothy Canfield | education activist, children's book author
  • Marie Tharp | geologist and cartographer
  • Rosalind Franklin | scientist who helped to discover double helix of DNA
  • Amelia Earhart | pioneer pilot : first woman to fly solo across Atlantic Ocean
  • Eleanor Roosevelt | human rights activist


This project was crowdfunded by over 500 people on kickstarter:
Click here to see the kickstarter project page.


I know from experience that having the words, stories and examples of these women more readily with me and my children over the past couple of years since I began my research, has changed me.  I am more confident and willing to listen to my ideas.  I look to them as friends and mentors and have been able to show both my son and daughter examples of women who have done phenomenally in places where women and their contributions have been too invisible (science, math, geology, politics, business, human rights, artists, writers, etc...)


My hope is that this project will be a springboard for discussion, activity, and new thought for both men and women, boys and girls. I see them as an educational tool that can be integrated into a home setting or more formal educational spaces. There is not a right or wrong way to use them.

Browse the #webravewomen instagram hashtag and check back soon for more ideas!

Brave Women in History Instagram Hashtag


"Check out these amazing cards featuring brave and inspiring women from throughout history. Looking through them I felt so inspired by these amazing women. So important for our daughters to see these amazing role models and for our sons to see what women have contributed to the world."
-Kristine Kerr

"We're pretty excited for our We Brave Women cards! 60 cards with an original painting by @birdsofashmae and story of an influential inventor, author, politician, engineer, artist, peace maker, nurse, athlete, advocate, etc, etc. ALL women that span generations, countries, races and ethnicities. I think we just added a step in our bedtime routine."
-Brittany Mangelson

"I find myself remembering all the time lately that I can be brave every day in my own ways & that every step toward being my true self is worth taking. I don't know if it's possible to learn about brave women without becoming one of them. Slowly, gratefully, I am learning that."
-KatieLewisStudio (has learned about a Brave Woman from the cards and done an accompanying activity with her daughter everyday since receiving them in the mail)

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