Based on the beloved letterpress poster series of the same name, Dead Feminists interweaves intricate broadside art with archival photographs and ephemera. This book brings feminist history to life, profiling 27 unforgettable forebears of the modern women’s movement such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rachel Carson, and more. Across eras and industries, passions and geographies, this collection of diverse, progressive, and perseverant women faced what looked like insurmountable odds and yet, still, they persisted.
Dead Feminists, which features a foreword by Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman, is an illuminating and innovative reminder that women can be extraordinary agents of change. The future is female, but in many ways so is the past. Dead Feminists takes feminist inspiration to a new level of artistry and shows how ordinary and extraordinary women have made a difference throughout history (and how you can too).
Adina De Zavala
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Washington State Suffragists
Chandler O'Leary received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the proprietor of an illustration and lettering business called Anagram Press.
Jessica Spring holds an MFA from the Center for Book and Paper Arts. She is a letterpress printer and teacher and the proprietor of Springtide Press.
—Jill Lepore, New York Times bestselling author of Book of Ages and The Secret History of Wonder Woman
"Fierce, feminist, and forceful, the fascinating words and incredible historical images in Dead Feminists brings the stories of these women to life like never before."
—Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women
“At once a tale of claiming the process and technology to tell our stories and a history of women, this book introduces us to remarkable women we never knew, and reintroduces us to those we only thought we knew. These dead feminists, so often kept in the shadows, glow with life.”
—Kseniya Thomas & Jessica C. White, authors of Ladies of Letterpress
“Dead Feminists offers well-researched and meticulously illustrated insight into some of America’s inspiring historic heroines—but it also goes way beyond that. This book is a profound and super-smart look at feminist craft, creation, and collaboration, and reminds us that what goes on behind the scenes can be just as powerful as the finished product. I am so grateful to Chandler and Jessica for allowing us into their radical world.”
—Kate Schatz, author of the New York Times bestseller Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide
“This visual book combines feminist history, feminist future, and letterpress inspiration in 27 profiles of women who have changed the world.”
“[Broadsides] featured in collections around the country and world.”
—Move to Tacoma
“Feminism isn’t dead — but its trailblazing women are back in full artistic color.”
—The News Tribune
“[Puts] feminist history into memorable, beautiful context.”
"The latest in a series from Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary."
“Motivating women and beautiful art.”
“A gorgeous new book of feminist history.”
“Beautiful pieces…delightfully handmade.”
“A gorgeous series of broadsides.”
“Basically your Nasty Women Bible Vol. 1.”
—Strand Book Store
“Pioneering women and 21st-century illustration: now there’s a cool combination… an illuminating look at 27 brilliant women… the words and deeds of each are examined, alongside archive photographs and gorgeous posters."
—The i Paper
“Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring give a new voice to twenty four “dead feminists” by commemorating these women via the artistry of the…broadside.”
—Amelia Bloomer Project
“Righteous ladies, beautiful lettering and illustrations based on feminist quotes.”
—Forever Young Adult
“[A] gorgeous new book….Our #Bitchreads book of the week.”
“[A] gorgeous exploration of design, printing, history and feminism...it made me cry from its beauty.”
“A damn gorgeous book.”
“Art with the power to incite—and unite—women of every age and stage.”
—Project Calm Magazine
"A new and illuminating look at 27 women who changed the world."
“The pages of this book will leave you feeling hopeful and ready for progress.”
“Each poster is gorgeously rendered to showcase the woman’s accomplishment, her words, and the time period.”
—Forever Young Adult
“A splendid, colorful, not-putdownable feminist history of 27 women who made a difference.”
“Highlights the accomplishments of 27 women.”
“Inspire and illuminate.”
—The Seattle Times
“Celebrating ground-breaking women.”
—NW Book Lovers
“For the bookish girls in capes.”
—Girls in Capes
“Women who changed the world.”
—The News Tribune
“[A] treasure trove.”
“Poster art combined with tidbits of feminist history…empower[s] girls and women to create change in their own communities.”
—The Suburban Times
—National Museum of Women in the Arts
“A gorgeously visual collection that you can spend hours and hours pouring over.”
—Urbana Free Library
“Learn about feminist history and letterpress.”
"Great for everyone’s library!"
— Bella Magazine
"Each feminist is chosen with such care—and each woman’s story connects to current events. The articles are brief and the art is stunning."
— Redeveloping History
"The book...enhances the broadsides with added art, expanding the profiles of 27 “women who changed the world."
— The Register-Guard
"Bolster those bookshelves with some quality reading material."
"From the moment you turn back the cover, you are immersed with the images of women designed in what you will come to know as O’Leary and Spring’s artistic styling."
— Under the Parrot Umbrella
"If you want a good coffee table book that also happens to be a great read, definitely check Dead Feminists out."
— The Cotton Candy Unicorn
"Chandler O'Leary & Jessica Spring have chosen [these] remarkable women to honor… I am so pleased and proud."
— Schoolhouse Press
"A gorgeous new book of feminist history."
— XYZ RISD
"This richly illustrated letterpress-inspired book combines feminist history with a vision for a better future… takes feminist inspiration to a new level of artistry and shows how ordinary and extraordinary women have made a difference throughout history (and how you can too)."
— National History Club News
“O’Leary and Spring… dig deep to feature lesser-known and under-lauded women. Wonderful for budding activists and designers.”
— NW Book Lovers
“Dead Feminists is a collection of women and their words that aspires to be collaborative, intersectional, and attentive to form. What Dead Feminists adds is a broad and expansive horizon of historical perspective — there’s even a two-page timeline spanning from 630 BCE to 2015 — that sees women’s role today not as a single cresting wave of creativity or crisis but as part of a long ebb and flow of political struggle and purposeful work.”
—Los Angeles Review of Books
"It’s hard to know what’s more awesome about the Dead Feminists series: the fact that the project enshrines the wisdom of feminists from bygone eras, or the fact that the resulting hand-drawn letterpress prints are so gosh-darn splendid to look at."
"This beautifully-illustrated letterpress hardcover weaves drawing, photographs, artifacts, and text to tell the story of 27 pioneers of the women's movement from Sappho to Eleanor Roosevelt to Shirley Chisholm."
"This book began as a series of hand-drawn letterpress broadsides featuring quotes from, well, dead feminists. Those images are collected in this beautiful book that also features biographies and artifacts from the lives of trailblazers."
"It had us at letterpress."
"Will allow you to catch up on all of the amazing women that deserved to be in history books, but often weren't given their due."
"A wonderful source of women's history."
—Women Of History (Instagram)
"Shedding light on some excellent women throughout history... whose accomplishments have been snatched from them."
—The Show Me Librarian (blog)