Changing the Game
Despite enduring many health issues throughout her childhood, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympic Games. Rudolph was born prematurely in 1940 and had many health issues early in her childhood. At one point, Rudolph’s doctors even told her she would never walk as the result of issues with one of her legs. Yet, with great determination, physical therapy, and the support of her mother she was able to overcome her disabilities.
My doctors told me I
would never walk again.
My mother told me I would.
I believed my mother.
Erin Robinson is a fashion designer by trade whose career has spanned over twenty-five years in the corporate design business. The majority of those years were spent designing children’s apparel for brands such as Gap, OshKosh, Sears and The Children’s Place. She is also a trained fine artist from Parsons School of Design and the Corcoran School of Art.
Amy Yuen Yee Chow began gymnastics training at the age of 3 and went on to become the first Asian-American woman to win an Olympic medal in gymnastics! As a member of the Magnificent Seven (the first U.S. team to win a gold medal in the Olympics), Chow, nicknamed "the Trickster,” performed extremely difficult skills with apparent ease -- including one of the most difficult balance beam routines ever performed to date. Chow’s eagerness to try new things on uneven bars led her to develop two difficult pirouetting skills that now bear her name in gymnastics’ “code of points.” Today, Chow is a licensed physician and surgeon.
I didn’t want to go and do easy skills and meet the minimum to get the 10.0 start value... for me it was a challenge and it was, I guess, motivation.
Cinyee Chiu is a Taiwanese illustrator who believes in sustainable lifestyle. Her inspiration mostly comes from nature, and a bit from mythology. Her work is a combination of traditional media and digital painting. She draws for animation, editorial illustration, book illustration, package/product design, picture book, and more. Currently she is aiming to work more on children's books.
Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King began playing tennis when she was in fifth grade, and from the first time she held a racquet she was convinced she wanted to be a pro. In 1959 King did just that, and quickly gained international recognition when she won the Wimbledon women’s doubles title in 1961. King then went on to become the number one professional tennis player in the world. Off the court, King campaigned for equal rights for women in tennis, spearheading the formation of the Women’s Tennis Association.
Don't let anyone define you.
You define yourself.
Carra Sykes is an artist based between Houston and Austin in a small town called Brenham, TX. Her work is meant to be fun, bold, and make people think or laugh. She is constantly curious about how things are made and is always trying to learn something new.
Lisa Deshaun Leslie started her basketball career on an all boy basketball team in middle school and became a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. Drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks, Leslie helped her team make the playoffs five consecutive times and led them to win a WNBA title in 2001. In 2002, Leslie became the first woman to dunk the ball in a WNBA game and also the first WNBA player to score over 3,000 total career points.
I’m strong, I’m tough,
I still wear my eyeliner.
Keisha Okafor is a Nigerian-American artist and designer specializing in illustration, surface pattern design and graphic design. After graduating from North Carolina State University in 2013, she has worked on a mix of digital advertisements and stationery. The North Carolina based artist is inspired by music and everyday moments in life and translates the vibrancy of life into her work.