Today is International Women’s Day, and what could be more appropriate than a book review by a young woman going places. 13 year old student, Annie Budd, writes about an inspirational volume which combines illustrations and text, and is called “Women: Body-Positive Art to Inspire and Empower”.
A wonderful discovery
By Annie Budd 13
I recently discovered Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti and her amazing new book Women. It’s a quirky, funny, smart, body positive collection of art and words. Each page has a different illustration with positive, encouraging words telling women to be themselves.
Every time I look at one of her illustrations I can’t help but smile. This book is exactly what women need to feel comfortable and beautiful in their own skin.
To fight back against put-downs and negativity towards women, Carol Rossetti responds with curious, humorous little sentences and drawings.
Imaging to put women in focus
Despite the progress we’ve made as a society, there is still a cruel and subtle gender oppression that exists today, and many don’t realize it’s there.
In response, Carol Rossetti decided to draw women to focus on the issues we face. Rossetti’s illustrations are of women who feel safe expressing themselves by showing the world their fashion, sexuality, relationships, religion, disabilities, and even traumatic experiences.
Her images belong on billboards and street corners, and in schools and offices to remind us that our unique experiences and expressions should make us feel beautiful, intelligent, and proud, and not sad or embarrassed.
Giving the right message
Women perfectly demonstrates what feminism is, in a sublime casing of carefully chosen words and images.
The message we women get from the world is clear: we are not
~ good enough.
~ skinny enough
~ pretty enough
~ smart enough.
Women is about accepting and loving ourselves.
Carol Rossetti instead asks us to say, no we’re not good enough, we’re even better.