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THE ICONIC WOMEN COLLECTION - WHO ARE THEY?

Posted on March 06 2020

THE ICONIC WOMEN COLLECTION - WHO ARE THEY?

Mini Maison's collaboration with illustrator Done By Deer celebrates all things female and gives you the opportunity to surround your baby with a collection of iconic women, in their own nursery. When a baby changing mat is way more than a changing mat! The collection will be launching in time for International Women's Day 2020.

The Iconic Women on our changing mat are a range of strong, clever and courageous women from history - some of whom you'll be familiar with and some you will be learn about as your baby does.

To help you, we've put together a list of all the iconic women that feature on our Iconic Women Changing Mat Collection.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an award-winning author from Nigeria who moved to the United States to study. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and her second novel, critically acclaimed, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) explores class, race and the end of colonialism amidst the Nigerian Civil War, it became an international bestseller and was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction. Adichie is also the successful the author of a short fiction collection.

Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.

Niloufar Ardalan is an Iranian football player currently playing for Zob Ahan Banovan. Ardalan plays as a left midfielder for, and is captain of, the Iran women's national football team. In September 2015, she missed the Asian Cup because her husband refused to let her travel. This is allowed under law in Iran. Later the same year her husband also refused her to go to the World Championships in Guatemala. Ardalan went to court, and the judge allowed her to go to the World Championships.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American Supreme Court Justice and lawyer... she is the second woman ever to sit on the United States Supreme Court and is also known as the legal architect of the modern feminist movement. She has become a cult figure of liberal America thanks to her imperturbable fight for women’s and minorities’ rights.

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi is a French virologist and Professor. Born in Paris, France, Barré-Sinoussi performed some of the fundamental work in the identification of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as the cause of AIDS. In 2008, Barré-Sinoussi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, together with her former mentor, Luc Montagnier, for their discovery of HIV. 

Björk Guðmundsdóttir is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and DJ. Over her four-decade career, she has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on a range of influences and genres spanning electronic, pop, experimental, classical, trip hop, IDM, and avant-garde music. Bjork is considered to be one of the most pioneering artists in the world, constantly evolving and pushing musical boundaries.

Aura Lolita Chávez (born 1972), known as Lolita, is a women's rights activist and Guatemalan indigenous leader, an international trailblazer in the struggle to preserve natural resources. She was a finalist of the Sakharov Human Rights Prize in 2017 when she was living in the Basque Country in Spain because of death threats in her own country.

Celia Cruz, was a Cuban singer and one of the most popular Latin artists of the 20th Century. Cruz rose to fame in Cuba during the 1950s as a singer of guarachas, earning the nickname "La Guarachera de Cuba". In the following decades, she became known internationally as the "Queen of Salsa" due to her contributions to Latin music.

Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalised-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and the only woman to win the Nobel prize twice, and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two different scientific fields. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.

Emily Dickinson is regarded as one of America's greatest poets and is also well known for her unusual life of self-imposed social seclusion - by the age of 30 she is said to have rarely left her room. Throughout her life, however, she was a prolific poet, and on her death in 1886 her sister discovered nearly 1800 of her poems hand bound in several volumes. The first volume of her work was published posthumously in 1890.

Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and she mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while trying to circumnavigate the globe from the equator.

Anne Frank was a German-born Dutch-Jewish diarist. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl, in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world's best known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

Jane Goodall is an English primatologist and anthropologist. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees; through nearly 60 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction, she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment.

Hypatia was a philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, then part of the Eastern Roman Empire. She was a prominent thinker of the Neoplatonic school in Alexandria where she taught philosophy and astronomy. She is the first female mathematician whose life is reasonably well recorded and was renowned in her own lifetime as a great teacher and a wise counsellor.


Mae C Jemison is an American engineer, physician and former NASA astronaut. She beccame the first black woman to travel into space when she served as a Science Mission Specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Qiu Jin was a Chinese revolutionary, feminist, and writer.Q iu Jin was unlike most women born in late 19th-century China. As a girl, she wrote poetry and studied Chinese martial heroines but her ambitions ran up against China’s deeply rooted patriarchal society, which held that a woman’s place remained in the home. Undeterred, Qiu rose to become an early and fierce advocate for the liberation of Chinese women, defying prevailing Confucian gender and class norms by unbinding her feet and cross-dressing.

Grace Jones is a Jamaican model, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born in Jamaica, she moved to New York when she was 13. Jones travelled the world in her modelling career, working for fashion houses such as Yves St. Laurent and Kenzo, and appearing on the covers of Elle and Vogue. She worked with a host of famous and well-respected photographers and became known for her distinctive androgynous appearance.

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artefacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society.

Helen Keller was an American author, political activist and campaigner for deaf and blind charities. Helen became deaf and blind as a young child and had to struggle to overcome her dual disability. However, she became the first deaf-blind person to attain a bachelor’s degree and became an influential campaigner for social, political and disability issues. Her public profile helped de-stigmatise blindness and deafness, and she is seen as a powerful example of someone overcoming difficult circumstances.

 

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who works across sculpture, paint and film and helped pioneer installation art. She works across two main styles - Minimalism and Pop art and became a central figure in the New York avant-garde movement.

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress and inventor who pioneered the technology that would one day form the basis for today's Wifi, GPS and Bluetooth communications systems. Lamarr's genuis was ignored as a child, so she followed a path into acting that led her to a successful career in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Only as the World War II approach did Lamarr come to invent the revolutionary new communication system.



Fatima Lodhi is a student of Development Studies and Pakistan’s rising anti-colourism advocate, who recently launched “Dark Is Divine”—the first anti-colourism campaign from Pakistan, which aims to counter colourism throughout Asia. As a young social activist, Fatima strives to address the declining status of women in her country, starting from the grassroots and moving up. In addition to fighting for the basic rights and social acceptance of women with dark skin, she also advocates for women with disabilities. To learn more about the campaign follow @darkisdivine.

Wu Mei was one of the legendary Five Elders—survivors of the destruction of the Shaolin Temple by the Qing Dynasty. She was a master of various martial arts and was a highly educated scholar, who related all martial actions to natural symmetry and Chinese civilization. Being a woman, Wu Mei could not match the external strength of her male contemporaries with their greater muscle and bone mass. Therefore she developed ways to apply fighting movements and innovated many internal sources of strength and power.

Florence Nightingale was an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she organised care for wounded soldiers - Florence and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds and her work sparked worldwide health care reform.

Michelle Obama is an American lawyer, university administrator, and bestselling writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She serves as a role model for women and works as an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and she was the first African American First Lady of the United States.

Emmeline Pankhurst  was a British suffragette who championed the cause of women's voting rights in Great Britain in the early 20th century, founding the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). Widely credited with bringing women's issues to the forefront—thus helping women win the vote—Pankhurst is considered one of the most influential women of the 20th century.

Rosa Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, USA. Her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and its success launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities in the United States. The US Congress has called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".

J.K. Rowling is the British author who created the popular and critically acclaimed Harry Potter series (seven books published between 1997 and 2007), about a lonely orphan who discovers that he is actually a wizard and enrols in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Harry Potter series sparked great enthusiasm among children and was credited with generating a new interest in reading. Film versions of the books became some of the top-grossing movies in the world, of all time.

Truganini was a woman widely considered to have been the last full-blooded Aboriginal Tasmanian and is arguably the most well known name in Australian women's history. Her life epitomises the story of European invasion and the clash of two disparate cultures, she spent her life being hounded and persecuted by the Colonialists and saw many family members die at their hands. Truganini also spent thirty-seven years in different camps for aboriginals. A hundred years after her death her body was finally returned to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community where it was cremated and released to the water near her birthplace and homeland, as she requested.

Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player who revolutionised women’s tennis with her powerful style of play and who won more Grand Slam singles titles (23) than any other woman or man during the open era. She was ranked world No. 1 in singles on eight different occasions from 2002 to 2017.

Oprah Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history. She is North America's first black multi-billionaire and she has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history and is one of the most influential women in the world.

Malala Yousafzai - as a young girl, Malala defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 but survived and went back to school six months later. She didn't want revenge, she just wanted peace and opportunity for all. Malala's fame and impact on the world continued to grow and in 2014, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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