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Donald Trump’s accusation that Hillary Clinton is playing the “woman card” sparked multiple clever responses on social media, and one brother and sister team decided to take the memorable moment a step further by creating actual “woman cards.”
Zach and Zebby Wahls launched a Kickstarter to create a full 52-card deck of playing cards with inspirational American women depicted on them. Zebby has already illustrated mockups for a Hillary Clinton Ace, a Ruth Bader Ginsburg King and a Beyonce Queen.
Zebby Wahls is finishing her BFA at the University of Iowa and loves to sketch. The brother and sister duo were watching last week’s primaries when Trump made his “woman card” comment.
Zach tells The Hollywood Reporter that his sister started sketching a Hillary Clinton card and simultaneously he saw Texts From Hillary‘s Adam Smith tweet about how Clinton’s campaign should start a deck of playing cards with famous women on them.
The next morning, Zach said he realized he and his sister could illustrate and make the cards themselves. He recalls waking her up and saying, “I know that you have finals next week but what if we illustrated a deck of playing cards featuring women who’ve changed the world?”
He said he and his sister originally looked at women throughout history and then narrowed it down to 13 American women, focusing not just on women who advanced women’s rights but who “changed the world for everyone.” The deck includes Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, Sylvia Rivera, Mary Cassatt, Susan B. Anthony, Wilma Rudolph, Ida B. Wells and Dr. Sally Ride.
The $5,000 Kickstarter was fully funded in 3 hours and 21 minutes, says Zach. At first he and Zebby thought that was an ambitious goal to reach by the end of May. “We were stunned,” he says, of how fast the money poured in. They currently have $56,139 pledged by more than a thousand backers.
He says that when his sister is done with finals, she will work on finishing the rest of the deck. The duo have received more than 200 suggestions for women to use in future editions, including women like labor leader Dolores Huerta, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton and Admiral Grace Hopper.
“We have a long and growing list,” says Zach. “It’s one of the coolest parts of this project.”
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