Historic Heroines in Living Color
by Chandler O'Leary; Jessica Spring
Pub Date 11 Oct 2016
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Based on the beloved letterpress poster series of the same name, Dead Feminists interweaves intricate broadside art with archival photographs and ephemera. This book brings feminist history to life, profiling 27 unforgettable forebears of the modern women’s movement such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rachel Carson, and more. Across eras and industries, passions and geographies, this collection of diverse, progressive, and perseverant women faced what looked like insurmountable odds and yet, still, they persisted.
Dead Feminists, which features a foreword by Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman, is an illuminating and innovative reminder that women can be extraordinary agents of change. The future is female, but in many ways so is the past. Dead Feminists 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).
Adina De Zavala
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Washington State Suffragists
“A very warm welcome to Dead Feminists. The world wants it.”
—Jill Lepore, New York Times bestselling author of Book of Ages and The Secret History of Wonder Woman
"Fierce, feminist, and forceful, the fascinating words and incredible historical images in Dead Feminists brings the stories of these women to life like never before."
—Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women
“At once a tale of claiming the process and technology to tell our stories and a history of women, this book introduces us to remarkable women we never knew, and reintroduces us to those we only thought we knew. These dead feminists, so often kept in the shadows, glow with life.”
—Kseniya Thomas & Jessica C. White, authors of Ladies of Letterpress
“Dead Feminists offers well-researched and meticulously illustrated insight into some of America’s inspiring historic heroines—but it also goes way beyond that. This book is a profound and super-smart look at feminist craft, creation, and collaboration, and reminds us that what goes on behind the scenes can be just as powerful as the finished product. I am so grateful to Chandler and Jessica for allowing us into their radical world.”
—Kate Schatz, author of the New York Times bestseller Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide
“This visual book combines feminist history, feminist future, and letterpress inspiration in 27 profiles of women who have changed the world.”
“[Puts] feminist history into memorable, beautiful context.”
“Motivating women and beautiful art.”
“A gorgeous new book of feminist history.”
“Beautiful pieces…delightfully handmade.”
“Basically your Nasty Women Bible Vol. 1.”
—Strand Book Store
“[A] gorgeous new book….Our #Bitchreads book of the week.”
“[A] gorgeous exploration of design, printing, history and feminism...it made me cry from its beauty.”
“Art with the power to incite—and unite—women of every age and stage.”
“The pages of this book will leave you feeling hopeful and ready for progress.”
—National Museum of Women in the Arts
“Dead Feminists is a collection of women and their words that aspires to be collaborative, intersectional, and attentive to form. What Dead Feminists adds is a broad and expansive horizon of historical perspective — there’s even a two-page timeline spanning from 630 BCE to 2015 — that sees women’s role today not as a single cresting wave of creativity or crisis but as part of a long ebb and flow of political struggle and purposeful work.”
—Los Angeles Review of Books
"It’s hard to know what’s more awesome about the Dead Feminists series: the fact that the project enshrines the wisdom of feminists from bygone eras, or the fact that the resulting hand-drawn letterpress prints are so gosh-darn splendid to look at."
"This beautifully-illustrated letterpress hardcover weaves drawing, photographs, artifacts, and text to tell the story of 27 pioneers of the women's movement from Sappho to Eleanor Roosevelt to Shirley Chisholm."
"This book began as a series of hand-drawn letterpress broadsides featuring quotes from, well, dead feminists. Those images are collected in this beautiful book that also features biographies and artifacts from the lives of trailblazers."
"Will allow you to catch up on all of the amazing women that deserved to be in history books, but often weren't given their due."
"An inspiring and informative project."