WHY THIS BOOK MATTERS
Myanmar has a rich history of women who refused to play by the rules. Journalists who kept writing, artists who kept painting and female soldiers who kept serving their country even when they were attacked, bullied and told to go home.
This is what this children’s picture book (ages 8-12) aims to do—inspire girls and young women by celebrating the extraordinary lives of 14 women, with diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, religions and occupations. Some like Ludu Daw Amar are well known, while others’ stories like that of Zarchi Win, who led a successful 8-month strike at her factory in Mandalay, are rarely told. What unites them is that they were not afraid to be bold, and use whatever platform they had to make change.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Alyson Curro is a gender policy specialist with journalism, research and advocacy experience in Turkey, the United States and most recently Myanmar. She is the author and creative director of this project.
Pyo Let Han is a writer in Yangon, Myanmar. Along with three other women’s rights activists, she founded in 2015 and is now the editor of Rainfall, Myanmar’s first feminist magazine. Pyo Let Han is also the author of three novels about women’s experiences in Myanmar. Whether fiction or non-fiction, she uses her platform to challenge deeply engrained gender norms and make feminist ideas more accessible. Pyo Let Han is the other co-author of this project.
Kay Zin Su Wai (Ku Kue) is an illustrator, graphic designer and one of the few female graffiti artists based in Yangon. She received her Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree, International Diploma in Computer Studies and International Advanced Diploma in Computer Studies from London Metropolitan University. Ku Kue is contributing five illustrations to this book.
Nam Hom Noon is an illustrator with Joosk Studio, the first animation and character design company in Myanmar. She contributed four illustrations to this book.
Sandar Khine is a pioneer in the contemporary art scene. A graduate of Fine Arts from Mandalay University, she is known for her series of large female nudes. Sandar Khine contributed one self-portrait to this book.
Chuu Wai Nyein received her Bachelor of Engineering degree from Technological University and her Master of Arts degree at the National University of Art and Culture, both in Mandalay. Chuu Wai contributed three illustrations to this book.
Phyu Mon is one of the first female performance artists in Myanmar. Born in Kachin State and graduated from Mandalay University, she uses performance art to comment on society and life around her. Phyu Mon started the Blue Wind Multimedia Arts Festival that debuted in 2009 to connect older and younger generations of female artists. Phyu Mon contributed two illustrations to this book.