Seattle-based feminist writer, Ijeoma Oluo, has designed an adult colouring book of powerful women and their quotes.
Recently, colouring-in has been hailed as a therapeutic, meditative activity that has proven to be a successful aid in the reduction of anxiety; the process of colouring-in producing the same level of calm and focus as knitting or crafting.
Oluo began sketching her favourite feminists as a way of channelling the anger from the everyday sexism she was faced with.
The response from friends was so positive that Oluo launched a funding campaign so she could turn her images into a sellable book – the title of which is Badass Feminist Colouring Book.
She told the Huffington Post: "I’ve always loved drawing, and picked up drawing again as an adult primarily as stress relief. Nothing is more calming and strengthening to me than focusing on the amazing feminists fighting to make the world a better place.”
The book features a range of women from a diverse set of ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and body shapes, who appear alongside empowering feminist mantras.
"I wanted to shine a light on feminists that you may never have heard of –- who don’t always fit the middle-class liberal cis heterosexual white woman image we usually see. I want people to see the beauty in feminism, not a conventional beauty that often hurts women, but a beauty that comes from strength, resilience, kindness and empathy,” said Oluo
Oluo’s funding page has already raised more than double its original goal of $4,000 and closes on 14 July.
"I wanted to make something that was inspirational, interactive, and conversational,” Oluo said. “We can celebrate and enjoy feminism. It’s a very serious topic, but it’s also beautiful, fun, creative and inspiring.”
Looking at the pictures, we are desperate to get our hands on a copy – feminism and relaxation; what’s not to love?
The tagline of the colouring book is:
"You're never too old for colouring books & you're never too young for feminism."
Well, amen to that. *grabs the Crayola*