Creativity from women inspires creativity in women. Each week, we share the stories of inspiring women across industries, cultures, and geographies. Take a look back at the first year’s work and wisdom.
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Illustrator & Lettering Artist
Self-proclaimed “traveling illustrator” and lettering artist Monique Aimee uses bold colors, whimsical motion, and relatable subjects in her graphic illustrations. Her creative courage is reflected in her work, which often features themes of feminism, travel, and everyday joy.
Data Journalist & Illustrator
Journalist and illustrator Mona Chalabi found herself — and her voice — in a new country when she moved to New York City. At first, she felt trapped on a team that wasn't right for her. Then she followed her passion and creative instincts to a new career as an artist and journalist known for creative data visualizations.
Artist & Illustrator
Designer Octavia Bromell turned to illustration during a dark period of her life, and has brought joy to others through her art ever since. A former Adobe Creative Resident, Octavia devoted herself to creating a happier world for herself and those around her.
Chicago-based visual storyteller Elise Swopes is a creative on the move. She has led the way in creating beautiful images from mobile devices, bringing her surroundings and travels into her work.
Author & Entrepreneur
CEO and Founder of CURLS, Mahisha Dellinger turned her passion for natural hair care into a groundbreaking business and media sensation — from her show on OWN TV to an autobiography. With her natural hair care products, Mahisha created a brand for “every curl, everywhere,” catching the attention of women and celebrities with waves.
Fitness Coach & Advocate
When a weightlifting accident left the self-proclaimed “gym addict” paralyzed, fitness coach and disability advocate Sophie Butler discovered her inner strength. Now she's showing up, representing, and breaking boundaries. From workout tips to vegan recipes to her personal story of perseverance, Sophie uses social media to inspire others. She's also an outspoken advocate for accessibility, especially in gyms which typically cater to non-disabled guests.
Career Coach & Founder
Career coach, mother, and founder of Ladies Get Paid, Claire Wasserman empowers women to thrive in the workplace and beyond. Her work empowers women, but Claire didn't self-identify as a feminist until recently, after getting a deeper understanding of what that means.
Business Strategist & Photographer
Jasmine Star is a business strategist and photographer with an inspiring story and a passion for helping entrepreneurs. As a first-generation Latina, a first-generation college student, and first-generation post-grad student, Jasmine made her own path — all the way to law school. After the difficult decision to pursue a creative career, she's now passionate about helping others grow their creative brands and businesses.
Content Creator & Animator
With unique animations and original choreography, Maddi Winter is a young creator and rising star of TikTok. Often incorporating her siblings into her videos, Maddi uses Adobe After Effects to add unique and playful illustrations to her videos — with showstopping interactions between her on-screen moves and the animations.
Astrologer & Illustrator
With insights from the stars, Chani Nicholas is an astrologer and illustrator whose graphics are both bold and reassuring. At one point an aspiring actress, Chani has now been an astrological counselor for more than 20 years. Constantly changing and ever evolving, Chani says astrology is a model for being adaptable in life, creativity, and in the fight for equality.
Graphic artist Aurélia Durand celebrates the joy and power of her identity in her bold, vibrant work. Living in different places throughout her life, such as the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean and Denmark, has given Aurélia a unique perspective and informed her work, including her book, This Book is Anti-Racist.
Artist & Advocate
Stephanie Chinn is an artist, illustrator, and outspoken advocate for female voices. Her work is powerful and features empowering female subjects; she joined Women Create Wednesday to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in the United States, which gave some women the right to vote.
Alexis Franklin is a digital artist whose work made history when she memorialized Breonna Taylor in a groundbreaking portrait on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. She also reveals how her art unfolds on her YouTube channel, where she shares mesmerizing videos of digital painting.