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That’s What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women



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Brief Description:

In the wake of the 2016 election, artist and activist Kimothy Joy found herself poring over the biographies of brave women throughout history. Day after day she researched women who persisted in the face of daunting circumstances, gaining wisdom and perspective from their experiences.

Channeling her feelings through paintbrush and canvas, Joy began painting portraits of these strong women, bringing them to life in bold watercolors framed by inspirational hand-lettered quotes. As she mused over the power of each woman’s words, she found solace and hope–and felt compelled to share their stories.

Now, in this beautiful gift book, Joy has paired these illustrations and quotes with surprising, illuminating biographies to inspire women of all ages and backgrounds. That’s What She Said honors a powerful and diverse group of more than 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.

Review Quotes:

“A stunning book that celebrates a diverse group of inspirational women, from Maya Angelou to Malala Yousafzai. The book features illustrations and quotes with illuminating biographies to inspire women of all ages and backgrounds.”–Hello Sunshine



Contributor Bio:

 Joy, Kimothy

Kimothy Joy is a Denver-based artist and social activist whose signature style combines watercolor and ink pen with hand lettering. Her work appeared around the world following the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, and she has since contributed art to and collaborated with Melinda Gates, I AM THAT GIRL, She’s The First, Gucci, Juniper Books, author Jessica Bennett, and poets Nikita Gill and Cleo Wade. Her work has also been featured on media platforms such as the Huffington Post; Teen Vogue; Refinery29; Glamour; O, The Oprah Magazine; and many more. Kimothy’s artwork aims to add a sincere and hopeful message of empowerment to women and girls.


Paperback, Audio, Hardcover