That’s What She Said: Wise Words From Influential WomenBy: Kimothy JoyGenre: Non-fiction, Politics, Equality, QuotesRating: 5 starsRelease Date: April 3, 2018Publisher: Harper Wave/Harper Collins
An artist and activist committed to the empowerment of women and girls has created a gorgeous illustrated volume, blending watercolor and short biography to showcase the contributions of more than fifty influential female leaders whose words and actions are a passionate call to arms.
Distraught by the results of the 2016 election and the realization that the nation was not ready for its first female president, Kimothy Joy found herself poring over the biographies of brave women throughout history—those who persisted in the face of daunting circumstances—to learn from their experiences.
Turning to art, Joy channeled her feelings to the canvas, bringing these strong women to life in bold watercolor portraits surrounded by inspirational hand-lettered quotes. With each creation, Joy found catharsis and hope. She shared her watercolors with her online community and encouraged everyone to raise their own voices and recharge for the battles ahead.
Now, in this beautiful gift book, Joy has gathered her stunning illustrations and quotes and paired them with surprising, illuminating biographies of her subjects to inspire women of all ages, races, and backgrounds. That’s What She Said honors a powerful and diverse group of over fifty women—from Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, and Virginia Woolf to Sojourner Truth, Malala Yousafzai, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—role models whose words and insights remind us that we must never give up the fight for a more just and equitable society.
Reclaiming the derogatory cultural barb “that’s what she said,” this stunning book celebrates strong female leadership throughout history and empowers current and future generations to find their voices and inspire change in their communities.
Along with the ingenues idea of reclaiming a phrase that has been overtly sexualized, That’s What She Said was such a breath of fresh air. It was hard to put it down and I found myself smiling with each turn of every page. I was happy to see that there were quiet a few women I recognized in this book and even more thrilled that there were others I didn’t know much about at all.
The snapshots of their biographies and the selected quotes were all inspiring and comforting. It made me feel like I was getting to know these wonderful women personally on a level.
Joy’s hand-drawn and water-colored portraits also had the affect of making eat one of them immortal, powerful and real. This book is certainly represents a quiet little place of solitude, knowledge and strength for women who might need a little bit of inspiration, power or a reminder that vitality, spirit and ambition are just a few of the many things that make us all wonderful and strong.
Joy set out to put together this book in the hopes to “lift up the words of women everywhere….it is an invitations to consider you own voice on the matters you feel most strongly called to speak on.” And I personally believe that she has done just that.
In addition to this book, I took part in her 2018 Wheel of Intentions at the beginning of this year and it is definitely something to check out as well.
Kimothy is a Denver-based artist who creates illustrations made with joy to spark social change. She partners with people and organizations on social-awareness campaigns to inspire thought and action. Specializing in watercolor and ink drawings, she often paints portraits of heroines of the past and present and seeks to offer a sincere and hopeful message of empowerment for women and girls. Read more about why this is her focus here. She primarily focuses on working with individuals and companies who strive to make the world a better, more equitable, place for all.