Dead Feminists

Dead Feminists

Historic Heroines in Living Color

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"Providing a new and illuminating look at 27 women who've changed the world, Dead Feminists ties these historical women and the challenges they faced into the most important issues of today. Based on the cult-following limited edition Dead Feminists letterpress poster series by illustrator Chandler O'Leary and letterpress artist Jessica Spring, the book combines new art and lettering, archival photographs and ephemera, and revisits the original poster to tell each woman's story. Each chapter is a call to action (Protect, Make, Grow, Teach, Lead, Tell, Share, Play), and shows how the women exemplified that quality in their own ways. This book takes feminist inspiration to a new level of artistry and shows how ordinary and extraordinary women have made a difference throughout history (and how you can too!)"--
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781632170576
1632170574
Branch Call Number: 305.42 OL21D 2016
Characteristics: ix, 180 pages : illustrations, portraits (some color) ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Spring, Jessica
Elnan, Hannah

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NadiaHathor
Dec 30, 2019

"Coming out publicly as feminists has been cathartic for us as well. While printing might now be female dominated, the related fields of typography and graphic design are still predominately male. That often leaves us in the position of having to explain ourselves, rather than simply letting our work speak for itself... As women artists, we often fight the additional battle to be taken seriously, responding to unsubtle remarks about our 'hobbies', and being consistently questioned about the worth of our work, particularly in a world that sees more value in more handsomely remunerated male-dominated professions. Having the words of our foremothers to look back upon reminds us that we're not the first to fight this fight-nor will we be the last." Introduction - pg. 5

JCLOctavia Jun 08, 2017

"What's an angel? I'd rather be a woman." Wonder Woman

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NadiaHathor
Dec 30, 2019

Nothing makes me happier than reading about Feminists, and the opportunity to learn about historical Women who had to defy so much to get their voices heard is particularly enriching. Therefore, I was looking forward to this book with glee. Sadly, this work was much more about the 'broadsides' created by Chandler & Jessica, which although quite innovative and done from a heart-centred place, including making donations to worthwhile causes based on each historical Woman's beliefs, it was not what I was looking for. Each portrait's brevity was disheartening and could in no way fully embrace these potent and well-lived lives. And although there was an effort to be inclusive, there was still a significant lack of intersectionality, as seen by the assertion that 'it took going back over 1200 years to find an Arab Feminist.' This is a book which needs to be renamed and reclassified. If you're looking for the 'coles notes' version of a small percentage of historical Feminists, with a significant slant towards the creative process, then you'll find this enjoyable.

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