We are completely in love with Feminist Thought Bubble, an Instagram account by college student Molly Williams that features drawings of feminist influencers, artists, activists and fictional female characters. The charming illustrations are accompanied by quotes that tackle a wide variety of issues including feminism, education, gender, consent, body-shaming, race and everything in between.
In an email to WYSK Molly explained her inspiration for the series, “I started Feminist Thought Bubble because I was frustrated with the instances of misogyny I encountered every day, and I was even more disheartened by the realization that while my experiences can be unfortunate, there are many women whose plight is much worse than mine due to systems of power and privilege.“
I thought that art could be a cool way to connect with and relate to other women through commonality of experience, but also to raise awareness about the complexities of womanhood’s intersection with factors such as race, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.
Molly’s selection process is pretty simple, she draws women “who don’t buy into casual sexist BS.” Of the more recognizable names she draws, Molly chooses women who actively work to promote women’s rights or who inspire and empower women through their actions. “It’s important to me to look beyond the surface and choose women who might be less well-known than some of society’s more famous feminists, but who can offer valuable insight into why intersectionality is so important.”
Looking ahead to the near future, Molly tells us she is working on illustrations of JK Rowling and Alice Bowman, the mission operations specialist for the spacecraft that NASA sent to Pluto. She also has plans on covering more poets and authors who have personally inspired her, such as bell hooks, Lucille Clifton, Adrienne Rich and Alice Walker, as well as more inspirational female politicians such as Elizabeth Warren.
There are dozens of incredibly awesome illustrations to check out, but here are some of our favorite of women you should know.