100 Women Sketches

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This series is a doodling project to learn about and be inspired by wonderful women and their achievements. The women featured in this series are personal picks. Although I’d love to doodle all the women in the world (because we’re all wonderful and inspirational in our own little ways), it is time consuming. So I’ve set a target of 100 women for this series. So, in a random order, here goes:

#1 Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King
Former World No. 1 professional tennis player


#2 Dara Torres

Dara Torres
Former competitive swimmer, twelve-time Olympic medalist and former world record-holder in three events


#3 Chanda Kochhar

Chanda Kochhar
Managing director and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank


#4 Mae C. Jemison

Mae C. Jemison
Engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. First African-American woman to travel in space


#5 Veronica Campbell Brown

Veronica Campbell Brown
Track and field athlete


#6 Vera Menchik

Vera Menchik
The world’s first women’s chess champion


#7 Věra Čáslavská

Věra Čáslavská
Olympic gymnast


#8 Venus Williams

Venus Williams
Professional tennis player, generally regarded as one of the all-time greats of women’s tennis


#9 Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf
Former tennis player, who was ranked world No. 1 during her career


#10 Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza
Professional tennis player who was formerly ranked No. 1 in the women’s doubles rankings


#11 Polina Astakhova

Polina Astakhova
Olympic gymnast


#12 Oksana Baiul

Oksana Baiul
Former competitive figure skater


#13 Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj
Captain of the Indian Women’s cricket team in Test’s and ODI. Highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in ODIs.


#14 Michèle Mouton

Michèle Mouton
Former rally driver


#15 Marit Bjørgen

Marit Bjørgen
Cross-country skier and six times Olympic champion


#16 Lily Kronberger

Lily Kronberger
Figure skater competitive during the early years of modern figure skating


#17 Larisa Latynina

Larisa Latynina
Former gymnast


#18 Laila Ali

Laila Ali
Former professional boxer


#19 Judit Polgár

Judit Polgár
Chess grandmaster


#20  Zainab Salbi

Zainab Salbi
Humanitarian, media host, author, and founder and former CEO of Washington-based Women for Women International.


#21 Yumnah Najah

Yumnah Najah
Jewellery designer & Entrepreneur


#22 Wu Yajun

Wu Yajun
Businesswoman, co-founder, former CEO and current chairwoman of Longfor Properties.


#23 Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman
Journalist and human rights activist.


#24 Somayyah Jabarati

Somayyah Jabarati
The first woman editor in chief of a Saudi Arabian national newspaper, Saudi Gazette.


#25 Serena Williams

Serena Williams
Tennis player, currently ranked No.4


#26 Saufeeya Goodson

Saufeeya Goodson
Fashion blogger


#27 Noor Tagouri

Noor Tagouri


#28 Nayla Al Khaja

Nayla Al Khaja
Film director, screenwriter and producer.


#29 Dr. Nawal El Saadawi

Dr. Nawal El Saadawi
Feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist.


#30 Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain
Baker, columnist, author and television presenter.


#31 Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa
Nun & Missionary


#32 Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy


#33 Dr. Jamillah Karim

Dr. Jamillah Karim
Author, lecturer, and blogger.


#34 Iman Aldebe

Iman Aldebe
Designer and visual artist


#35 Ibtihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj Muhammad
Sabre fencer & Olympic medalist


#36 Dr. Hayat Sindi

Dr. Hayat Sindi
Medical Scientist


#37 Halima Aden

Halima Aden


#38 Haifaa al-mansour

Haifaa al-mansour
Film director


#39 Ahlam Mosteghanemi

Ahlam Mosteghanemi


#40 Zhang Xin

Zhang Xin
Cofounder and CEO of SOHO China


#41 Yang Lan

Yang Lan
Media proprietor, journalist, and talk show hostess. Cofounder and Chairperson of the Sun Media Group and the Sun Culture Foundation.


#42 Weili Dai

Weili Dai
Director, co-founder and former president of Marvell Technology Group.


#43 Tory Burch

Tory Burch
Fashion designer, businesswoman. Chairman, CEO, and Designer of Tory Burch LLC.


#44 Sarla Thakral

Sarla Thakral
The first Indian woman to fly an aircraft


#45 Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely
Businesswoman, founder of Spanx


#46 Rosalia Mera

Rosalia Mera
Businesswoman & entrepreneur


#47 Murasakhi Shikibu

Murasakhi Shikibu
Novelist & poet. Author of The Tale of Genji


#48 Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Hamilton
Computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner


#49 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited


#50 Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc
Warrior, military leader


#51 Hypatia

Mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher


#52 Emmy Noether

Emmy Noether


#53 Madame CJ Walker

Madame CJ Walker
Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist.


#54 Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington
Author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman. Co-founder and former editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.


#55 Gisele Bündchen

Gisele Bündchen
Supermodel & entrepreneur


#56 Cher Wang

Cher Wang
Entrepreneur and philanthropist. Co-founder and chairperson of HTC Corporation and VIA Technologies.


#57 Khutulun

Wrestling Warrior Princess


#58 Tomoe Gozen

Tomoe Gozen
Late twelfth-century samurai warrior


#59 Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid
Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Recipient of the Stirling Prize, in 2010 and 2011.


#60 Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston
African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist.


#61 Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi
Ghanaian-American novelist


#62 Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison
American novelist, editor and teacher


#63 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nigerian writer of novels, short stories, and nonfiction.


#64 Kalki Subramaniam

Kalki Subramaniam
Transgender rights activist, artist, actor, writer and entrepreneur


#65 Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Degeneres
American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer.


#66 Chien-Shiung Wu

Chien Shiung Wu
Chinese-American experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the field of nuclear physics.


#67 Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne
Fashion model and actress.


#68 Bertha von Suttner

Bertha von Suttner
Czech-Austrian pacifist and novelist. The first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize


#69 Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde
Writer, feminist, womanist, and civil rights activist.


#70 Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
Crime novelist, short story writer and playwright


#71 Megan Hine

Megan Hine
Survival consultant, adventurer, television presenter and writer.


#72 Janet Mock

Janet Mock
Writer, TV host, transgender rights activist, author of the New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness, contributing editor for Marie Claire, and former staff editor of People magazine’s website.


#73 Theresa Sparks

Theresa Sparks
Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, former president of the San Francisco Police Commission and former CEO of Good Vibrations.


#74 Pauline Parks

Pauline Parks
Transgender activist


#75 Wendy Carlos

Wendy Carlos
Composer and keyboardist best known for her electronic music and film scores.


#76 Gauri Sawant

Gauri Sawant
Transgender activist and director of the Sakhi Char Trust, in Malad, Mumbai that helps transgenders and people with HIV and AIDS.


#77 Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.


#78 Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg
Technology executive, activist, and author, COO of Facebook and founder of the Lean In Foundation.


#79 Radhika Coomaraswamy

Radhika Coomaraswamy
Lawyer and human rights advocate.


#80 Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo


#81 Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft
Writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights.


#82 Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion designer, creator of the iconic wrap dress, which came to symbolize power and independence for a generation of women.


#83 Bibi Russell

Bibi Russell
Fashion designer and former international model, employing thousands of weavers in rural Bangladesh.


#84 Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks
The mother of the freedom movement.


#85 Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters
The first woman to anchor a nightly newscast, making television history in 1976


#86 Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
The first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.


#87 Viola Davis

Viola Davis
The only black woman to be nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one, and is the only black actor to win the Triple Crown of Acting.


#88 Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal
Professional badminton singles player, former No1., Olympic Bronze Winner


#89 Mary Kom

Mary Kom
Olympic Indian boxer. Five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships


#90 Marie Curie

Marie Curie
physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. The first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice. The only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences.


#91 Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla
The first woman of Indian origin in space and recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.


#92 JK Rowling

JK Rowling
British novelist, screenwriter and film producer, author of the Harry Potter series.


#93 Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi
Business executive and the current Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo, consistently ranked among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.


#94 Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton
The writer who made many childhoods magical


#95 Annapurna Mohan

Annapurna Mohan
One of the most heart warming stories that made it to the internet in recent days. The school teacher who sold her jewellery to gift children quality education.


#96 Cleopatra

The last ruler of Ptolemaic Egypt.


#97 Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai
Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.


#98 Lilly Singh


Lilly Singh
AKA Superwoman, YouTube personality, vlogger, comedian, writer, actress and probably a unicorn in disguise.


#99 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
Self made billionaire and the queen of all media

#100 Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel
The only fashion designer listed on TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.


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