The Heroine Collective is an online UK publication dedicated to the heroic women, past and present, who have played a crucial part in creating positive cultural change in the world today. Founded by SLG Associate Artist Kate Kerrow, it’s fast grown into a living archive exploring the depth and breadth of women’s often forgotten contribution to – or key part in, or leading role in – any and all spheres of human endeavour and experience. Articles submitted to the Collective cover a fantastic range of politics, activism, sport, science and of course the arts. Getting lost amongst their virtual shelves discovering heroines from so many different walks of life, points in history and parts of the world is one of the best ways to experience The Heroine Collective.
The choice for Kerrow to engage SLG Artistic Director Rebecca Mordan to interview cartoonist Jacky Fleming was a simple one, given Mordan’s long-term love and admiration for Fleming’s work. The resulting article shows just how important continued engagement with feminism and the ongoing struggle for women’s rights is for us all, and the essential wisdom women like Jacky Fleming bring to this fight and our wider culture.
As Fleming points out and The Heroine Collective so vibrantly demonstrates: “It’s much harder to reduce a woman to a sexual object or plaything if she’s discovered radium and polonium.”
Image by Jacky Fleming.