Illustration

Famous Ladies’ Portraits Pay Homage to Pioneering Women—While Inspiring Us to Do the Same

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Famous Ladies is an illus­trat­ed homage,” Alexan­dra Beguez writes, “to some of the most influ­en­tial and inspir­ing wom­en in STEM, lit­er­a­ture, the visu­al and per­form­ing arts, sports, and explo­ration.” The strik­ing pen-and-ink draw­ings cap­ture faith­ful like­ness­es of the­se incred­i­ble wom­en who, as Alexan­dra says, “paved the way for future gen­er­a­tions of wom­en and men alike to work towards their dreams.”

The Famous Ladies illus­tra­tions offer more than just a way to admire the­se indi­vid­u­als. By shin­ing a light on their achieve­ments, it inspires us to sim­i­lar­ly dream big and over­come the chal­lenges that we face.

Alexan­dra chron­i­cles the­se notable wom­en through the Famous Ladies Tum­blr. There, she writes detailed descrip­tions of their accom­plish­ments. I’ve quot­ed snip­pets of Alexandra’s words, below.

These Famous Ladies illustrations are available as zines and prints through Alexandra’s Etsy shop.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Ellen Ochoa is an American engineer, former astronaut, and the current Director of the Johnson Space Center.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Maya Angelou is an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Sister Rosetta Tharpe is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Frida Kahlo is a Mexican surrealist painter, whose paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy to explore questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Grace Hopper is an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Mary Shelley is an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Chien-Shiung Wu is a Chinese-American experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the field of nuclear physics.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Mary Blair is an American artist, animator, and designer best known for her prominent role in producing art and animation for The Walt Disney Company.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Marie Curie is a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Shirley Chisholm is an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress.
All captions via Alexandra Beguez.

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez

Famous Ladies Illustrations by Alexandra Beguez