Three Cheers for Inspiring Women

In honor of International Women’s Day, we celebrate nine (seriously) amazing women who inspire our creativity.



Marie Curie

For being the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first and only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two scientific fields. And all of this at the last turn-of-the-century. More here.

Judith Scott

For her vivid sculptures that break through Down Syndrome and deafness to find expression in shape and material. More here.

Bridget Riley

For her black and white works that suggest movement and color. More here.

Jenny Holzer

For her activism and ingenious ways of deconstructing political rhetoric. More here.

Kamala Harris

For being the first woman to be the Veep of the US and the first woman of color to be Veep. More here.

Ruth Asawa

For her continuous wire sculptures that play with light, shadow, transparency, and movement. More here.

Sheila Hicks

For her defiant, joyful, experimental textile art. More here.

Golda Meir

For being the first (and so far only) woman to serve as Prime Minister of Israel, and in the Middle East. More here.

Sister Corita

For her work fighting poverty, racism, and injustice through the medium of advertising, sloganeering, popular song lyrics, biblical verse, and literature. More here.

Amanda Nguyen

For finding ways to fight back after her rape, writing her own laws into being, and helping other citizens do the same. More here.

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

For being a NY legend, the first Chinese woman to earn a PhD in Economics in the US, and advocating for women’s suffrage at a time when Chinese people had no chance of becoming US citizens. More here.

Edna Lewis

For her delicious and important work in setting the foundation of our national cuisine. More here.

Octavia Butler

For giving voice to feminism and afrofuturism. More here.