Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)

Iconic Women Artists

Lisa Congdon’s wistful portraits celebrate Kara Walker, Louise Bourgeois and more.

Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in text that’s smart, feisty, educational, and an enjoyable read. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists’ works and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history from 1600 to the present day for the modern art lover, reader, and feminist.


New book: Headstrong


An inspiring collection of 52 visionary women in science, technology, engineering and math.  Did you know that a woman created the standardized test given to all babies to determine health status?  Did you know a woman revolutionized heart surgery?  A woman was responsible for some of the earliest treatments of terminal cancers.   I’m guessing most of us don’t know their names.  Rachel Swaby ( has collected and profiled an impressive collection of some of these amazing women.  Eye opening and much needed.

The Theory of Being Inspired



Though I am a book lover, I’ve only been fortunate enough to watch this film. One day, I will read this book because it exemplifies the very thing people don’t want to face: possible failure AND things that they can’t foresee: conquering the impossible.

This memoir recounts the lives of emotionally strong characters who overcome incredibly challenging moments.  It gives us hope. You must watch this movie if you don’t have time for the book. It is truly inspirational.