The Reconstructionists

I recently discovered a gem, called the Reconstructionists: the brainchild of illustrator Lisa Congdon and writer Maria Popova.

Every Monday in 2013, this site will be putting the spotlight on a remarkable woman, publishing an illustrated portrait of her, along with a hand-lettered quote that captures her spirit and a short micro-essay about her life and legacy.

The purpose of the Reconstructionists is to celebrate beloved artists, writers, and scientists, as well as notable unsung heroes that have changed the way we define ourselves as a culture and live our lives as individuals of any gender.

It borrows its title from Anaïs Nin, one of the 52 female icons, who wrote of “woman’s role in the reconstruction of the world” in a poetic 1944 diary entry – a sentiment that encapsulates the heart of what this undertaking is about: women who have reconstructed, in ways big and small, famous and infamous, timeless and timely, our understanding of ourselves, the world, and our place in it.

On 6 January it launched with four portraits, those of writers Anaïs Nin and Gertrude Stein, artist Agnes Martin, and inventor/actor Hedy Lamarr, to give a taste of what will follow once a week for the rest of the year. Yesterday, it posted its second week entry, musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Be sure to follow it throughout 2013! It’s such an inspiring way to start the week, don’t you think?

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