Coretta Scott King, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie And More Serve As Caricature Faces Of Feminism
Young women looking to learn more about the feminist wave without wordy articles and extensive think pieces, look no further.
Freelance illustrator, Ellen T. Crenshaw, took cartoons to another level when she contributed to The Nib’s “We Are Entitled To Wear Cowboy Boots To Our Own Revolution” series, featuring quotes from 10 women in American history who spoke on gender equality and serve as some of the countless faces of feminism.
The cartoonists’ work spotlights powerful words from Sojourner Truth in 1851, to Coretta Scott King’s support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1994, to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s infamous TEDx talk “We Should All Be Feminists,” in 2012. Other notables made into caricatures include Malala Yousafzai, Beyoncé, Jessica Valenti (feminist writer), Faith Whittlesey (politician), Naomi Wolf (author), and Bette Davis (actress) with their thoughts on power, language, and women’s rights.
SEE ALSO: Nicki Minaj: A Brief History Of Feminism
Crenshaw spoke to The Huffington Post about her latest work and the importance of intersectionalism and including women of color.
“It was a great opportunity [then] to depict women of color with their own words. It’s incorrect to separate feminism from racial equality as though they were unlinked,” she says. “I can’t divorce a woman from her race any more than I can divorce her from her femininity; both are part of her identity and together they affect how she is treated in this world. I can’t personally represent the voice of a woman of color, but in my artistic depictions of diverse women–and men–I can make an effort to show empathy, respect, and dignity.”
Scroll through the gallery above to get your dose of woman power through Crenshaw’s beautiful illustrations.