Deck of Cards Features History-Making American Women


When Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president last week, her speech included these lines: "In America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it. And we will help you balance family and work. And you know what, if fighting for affordable childcare and paid family leave is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in!"

It’s not the first time she’s responded to charges of playing the "woman card," and in fact, the language surrounding the issue has become so well known that the Clinton campaign even sells a shirt reading "Deal me in." Now the figurative has become literal. A 54-card deck of playing cards featuring Clinton along with 14 other pioneering women is available for purchase. The set is called "The Woman Card[s]."

The project began as a Kickstarter and is a collaboration between Iowa-based siblings Zach and Zebby Wahls. The pair far exceeded their original $5000 goal—earning a whopping $150,000 with nearly 10,000 decks ordered. Those decks are now being shipped, and if you missed the Kickstarter, fear not: you can preorder one for arrival later this month.

Women like Amelia Earhart, Beyonce, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are depicted in all their glory across each of the suits, with Clinton serving as the ace in the deck, and Betty White and Ellen DeGeneres occupying the apt joker roles. The portraits were hand-drawn by Zebby, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa later this year.

If games aren’t your thing, you can also get your favorite card in an 18 inch by 24 inch premium print, or a 22 inch by 26 inch uncut sheet featuring all The Woman Cards—those are a limited set so you’ll need to act fast to secure one.

All images courtesy of Zach Wahls. 

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