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.

Anne Wojcicki on Daring Greatly


Love this behind the scenes interview with Anne Wojcicki.

Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe’s co-founder and CEO, is one of the four visionaries honored by Cadillac.  Others included daring fashion designer Jason Wu, African internet entrepreneur Njeri Reonge, film director and Oscar nominee Richard Linklater, and the Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniack.  More info here.

Have you heard about 23andMe?  It’s a genetic testing firm which offers $99 home-testing kits.  In 2013 the FDA limited the information they can share.  Check out their website here.

Here’s a link to the Cadillac ad that ran during the Oscars.