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Hi All!

To celebrate the first anniversary of the 100Days100Women Project I’m drawing…

100 more women.

Yes! From August to November, 100 women, one a day, rebels, fighters, scientists, artists, iconoclasts and more.

I had been thinking a lot about it, as the year-mark approaches, and doing the 2016 project was such joy. The 2016 project was full of so much hope, in anticipation of something that didn’t happen. Not only did it not happen, but misogyny, bigotry, cruelty and intolerance seemed to win the day. In that light, this list’s overarching spirit will be resistance, willfulness, scrappiness and rule-breaking (and, of course, hope and wonder will still play a big part).

Because, while I was deciding to do this, I kept thinking about just…not leaving that hope hanging, and the necessity to say, “we carry-on, we fight, we persist, always have, always WILL”. And very personally, it is also that *I* do those things as well; the acknowledgment of the back-and-forth of changing the world as it changes you, and rebounding from setbacks.

Central to this (as well as the first project) is the idea of reclaiming history. I have a very personal connection to the difference a little forgotten history can make, and I never want to shake it. 1984 put it succinctly: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” I have this bit of signal, here in the present, and I intend to use it! Bringing people who, by the common thought, aren’t supposed to exist, let alone make history, to the fore is a task I’m just not done with, especially now, when the very hope of an inclusive, better world is under open and increasing attack.
(Also, when I stumble upon “fake history” I’ll post about it and how to recognize it.)

In addition to all the above this new project will allow me to draw attention to so many of the women I wasn’t able to fit on the original 100 list. But fear not! Though I have hundreds of names, I still want your suggestions!

So please join me on this journey to reclaim history together!

If you have suggestions, interview requests or other inquiries, please email me at RoriComics@gmail.com

*100Days100Women information is taken from sources on the internet and in my personal library. Though I research each drawing, some artistic liberties are taken with dress and props. History is something I love, but I am not an historian, but an artist attempting to bring forgotten history to the fore, and to pique your curiosity for more info! I encourage everyone to find out more about these amazing women!

#100days100women Day 78: Fannie Lou Hamer—passionate voting- and civil rights activist, advocate for poor & women.
Fannie Lou Hamer made the brave decision to register to vote in 1962; for this she was fired and driven from her home, a cotton plantation. After this Hamer joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, working and protesting against segregation and civil rights abuses. While organizing, Hamer was threatened, shot at & assaulted. & was beaten so badly while in policy custody she had permanent kidney damage. Hamer did not stop, after recovering she returned to her rights work in Mississippi, taking part in the formation of the Freedom Democrats. Hamer also campaigned to bring light to illegal sterilization of poor and black women. During an operation Hamer herself was given a hysterectomy w/o her consent. She popularized the term ‘Mississippi Apendectomy’ due to commonality of this.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fannie_Lou_Hamer