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Features / International Women's Day

Introducing International Women’s Day on It’s Nice That

Illustration:

Kate Prior

Across the world today, women are being celebrated. It’s Nice That is joining the occasion with a day of content that celebrates female creativity in all its forms.

We’re bringing you features, work and opinion pieces from an all-female cast of creatives across a range of disciplines: from fashion to photography, filmmaking to graphic design, publishing to illustration — all penned by a female-only team.

You’ll find creative voices and work from around the world, but we’re continually looking to expand our network of female creatives ever larger. If you’re a she – or a they, or a he – making work we don’t know about, please email us or submit new work here.

Thank you to each of our brilliant collaborators for their time, and a special shout out to Kate Prior, who is the woman behind the International Women’s Day illustration you’ll see across the site today.

  • 00_list Features / International Women's Day Physical improbabilities made real: the work of French artist Marguerite Humeau

    “I see myself as an explorer – I like to question something and then I will try to go as deep as I can,” artist Marguerite Humeau says. “The research for me becomes a bit more of a performance in itself. Not in the live sense of the word, but it becomes part of the story I’m telling. It’s a long journey I have to take before I can actually realise or produce a physical outcome.” Marguerite feels she has a responsibility to “create an experience that tackles issues we have to think about today”. Living and working in London, France-born Marguerite, who graduated from the RCA just five years ago, is unlike many artists in that rather than create works about herself and her own journey, she dabbles with complex narratives and poses the biggest “what ifs?” imaginable. Each project we’ve come to know Marguerite for has been more complex and grand than the last and her research is just as much an artistic and creative process itself.

    Rebecca Fulleylove
  • This-girl-can_list Work / International Women's Day Saatchi & Saatchi’s chief creative Kate Stanners on changing advertising’s gender bias

    Kate Stanners is chairwoman and global chief creative officer at advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, overseeing the agency’s entire creative output for major clients from Proctor and Gamble to HSBC. Here she writes for It’s Nice That on the gender bias in the advertising sector and the women and campaigns already making a difference.

    Kate Stanners
  • Hero2 Features / International Women's Day “They trust us on the art desk”: Buzzfeed’s prolific in-house illustrator Rebecca Hendin

    Rebecca Hendin is an illustrator with an audience that would make most envious. Her work is presented on a media platform that earns billions of page views per year, is published multiple times a day and is found among the most read content on the internet. The London-based, Missouri-born illustrator works in-house for Buzzfeed, producing images for articles that cover current affairs, think pieces and news stories. It’s a role that allows her to communicate with people through images on a scale that is unprecedented.Rebecca is a brave character. She began studying illustration at California College of Arts straight after high school but developed an itch to move. “I got this crazy idea in my head to move to London. It came from nowhere, I’d never been to London previously, I didn’t know anybody here,” she tells It’s Nice That. After the idea popped into her head Rebecca began to plan. “I literally googled ‘art schools London’ and Central Saint Martins was the first one that came up. I hadn’t heard of it, but it was the first google result, which is a very important thing in this world.” Rebecca applied, got in, and moved to London with the intention of year abroad. She ended up staying, graduating, and then completed a masters programme at the same university.

    Lucy Bourton
  • Int8 Media Partnership / International Women's Day Meet the filmmaker bringing intersectional feminism to South Africa: Jabu Nadia Newman

    Jabu Nadia Newman found her critical voice as a writer, filmmaker and photographer during South Africa’s student uprising of 2015 and 2016 when she became involved in University of Cape Town’s #FeesMustFall protest. Drawing from the women she met through the protest, Jabu, who was studying film and politics at UCT at the time, decided to put her degree on pause. In it’s place the filmmaker struck upon the idea of defining and representing intersectional feminism in South Africa’s post-apartheid landscape through a semi-autobiographical web series The Foxy Five.

    Bryony Stone
  • La-johnson_women-who-draw-itsnicethat-gender-imbalance Work / International Women's Day “Visuals are political”: the Women Who Draw founders on diversity and empowerment

    Illustration directory Women Who Draw almost accidentally spearheaded a movement when it launched, going viral and getting coverage in Vogue and BBC News, but it began purely as an initiative to get more female artists on magazine covers. Here we talk to the founders Wendy MacNaughton and Julia Rothman about the site and its meaning.

    Jenny Brewer
  • Abphoto Work / International Women's Day Gung-ho women: Visual Editions discuss sisterhood and motherhood in creativity

    Publishers Visual Editions are a creative studio and joint personality that encompass rigour. It’s founders, Anna Gerber and Britt Iversen didn’t exactly form under the usual pretence of creatively led duos. Anna was a lecturer at the Royal College of Art, Britt worked in advertising at Mother, but the pair didn’t meet in a professional capacity, they met through their children. “Our kids went to quite an uptight nursery, lots of professional parents, we stuck out like sore thumbs,” they explain. From there, a mutual respect for each other grew. “We went out for dinner one night and were just talking how friends talk,” says Anna. “We realised we were so sick of talking and not doing. Our backgrounds were similar, we were not making, not testing, not reaching audiences. That was the beginning nugget of ‘wouldn’t it be cool if we published books that were only like this?’, and it just got out of control.”

    Lucy Bourton