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You may have seen Gillian Dreher’s drawings of feminist heroes around the interwebs this year. Dreher, an artist based in Oakland, California, pledged to draw a portrait of a badass lady every day for 100 days. Here’s what she tells us:

I started the #100DaysofBadassLadies project in April as part of Elle Luna's #The100DayProject, during which participants do one thing every day for 100 days. I lost my mom to cancer late in 2015 and had been thinking a lot about how strong she was and how inspiring she was to me and to everyone who knew her. In thinking about her, I realized how much I look to all the strong ladies in my life as daily sources of strength and inspiration. I thought this project would be the perfect opportunity to highlight some of these ladies and to share their stories.

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The best part of the project was having friends and followers reach out to me with their own lists of ladies that influenced their lives-- this series is very personal to me and tells a bit of my story, and it's so cool and eye-opening to hear about the different muses of friends from different backgrounds. I also wanted to participate in the project to improve my drawing skills and to make drawing a daily practice, which I definitely succeeded in-- drawing is such a meditative process and it has really helped me deal with the issues I faced following my mother's passing. I encourage everyone to participate in #The100DayProject next year! You'll be amazed with where you end up.

When I finished the project, I decided to make prints of the ladies and to donate a portion of the profits to Girls Inc, a nonprofit that supports pro-female legislation and runs programs for girls. I hope that this allows the project to continue to inspire viewers and to help support a whole new generation of badass ladies.

Gaze upon some of our favorite portraits and enjoy!

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ShirleyChisholm printShirley Chisholm

 RBG print copyRuth Bader Ginsburg

MichelleObama printMichelle Obama

MindyKaling printMindy Kaling

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BroadCity printBroad City

JessicaWilliams printJessica Williams

MarjaneSatrepi printMarjane Satrapi

GOT GraceJones printGrace Jones

LaverneCox printLaverne Cox

VenusSerena printVenus and Serena Williams

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Erika W. Smith is BUST's digital editorial director. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @erikawynn and email her at erikawsmith@bust.com.

Tags: art , Frida Kahlo , women

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