This is the Fearless Portraits Podcast, a collection of women who are leaders, innovators, and trailblazers. Some of them are well-known, some of them are obscure. All of them worked to make a difference in the world. In each episode, we’ll learn the stories of amazing changemakers in the time it takes to drink your morning coffee. The Fearless Portraits Podcast is hosted by Dan Landau, a New Jersey-based visual artist who repurposes maps and other items with ink drawings and intricate papercutting to create portraits of people and things.
Elder rights activist & founder of the Gray Panthers
Maggie Kuhn’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her Ink drawing on a map of Philadelphia, PA, where she lived and worked.
In 1970, Maggie Kuhn was working a job she loved at the Presbyterian Church when she was forced to retire due to the mandatory reti...
Dasia Taylor’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait Project consists of an ink drawing on a map of Iowa. Her hometown of Iowa City is located on the right side, where her neck meets her shoulder.
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte
First Native American to earn a medical degree
Picotte’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an Ink drawing of her n an 1886 map of Nebraska; the Omaha Reservation is marked on top right side of her head. The portrait is based on one of the few photographs that exist of Picotte.
The winter of...
Admiral Michelle Howard
Highest ranking female officer in US Navy history
Howard’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an Ink drawing on a map of Washington, D.C. The Pentagon, where she served for part of ...
Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom
Member of the Dutch resistance, evangelist, and author
Ten Boom’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her on a map of the Dutch city of Haarlem. There is a red dot near her nose to mark the location of The Hiding Place, that is the home where she a...
Fifth grade student
Iris Haq-Lukolyo’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her holding a copy of the magazine with her article in it, while wearing a T-shirt that with Kamala Harris’ “I’m Speaking” quote on it. I’ve drawn her on ...
Julia Margaret Cameron
Ink drawing on a map of the Island of Wight, UK, based on a self portrait by Julia Cameron. Her home in Freshwater is located on the left side, above her head.
Julia Cameron began career as a photographer relatively late at the age of 48, when she was given her first camera. A present from her daughter, th...
Biblical queen of Persia
Esther’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an Ink drawing of her on an 1843 map of Persia and surrounding region. The portrait is based on 19th and early 20th century painter Kate Gardiner Hastings’ painting called “Esther.”
Haman, the highest ranking official in the Persian court of King Xerxes, nursed a grudge ag...
Writer and disabilities activist
Blake’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her, based on one of the selfies she defiantly posted, “to commemorate the occasion.” I’ve drawn her on a map of her hometown, DeKalb, I...
Annelle Henderson Bulechek
To represent the WASPs in in the Fearless Portrait project, I’ve drawn WASP squadron leader, Betty Gillies, in white ink, on a blueprint of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane. The first pilot to fly for the WASP, she was also the fi...
Mother of software engineering
Hamilton’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project is based on an iconic photograph of her standing next to a stack of binders about as tall as she is. These binders contained the computer code she and her team wrote for the Apollo Mission. I’ve drawn her with black ink on a 1966 US Air Force map of the moon.
Victorio, Apache chief and brother of Lozen, warrior and medicine woman
Lozen’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her based on one of the rare existing photographs of her. I’ve drawn her on an 1887 map of Arizona. The San Carlos reservation appears on...
Cruise ship captain
Ink drawing on a NOAA nautical chart of the waters around the eastern tip of Puerto Rico, an area that cruise ships often travel around.
For Kate McCue, captain of Celebrity Edge, a 1,004-foot-long mega cruise ship that can accommodate nearly 3,000 passenge...
American professional soccer player
Olympic gold medalist (2012)
Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner (2015, 2019)
Ink and colored pencil drawing on a map of Paris, France, where she won her second FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019.
Gender-based pay inequality is a chronic issue across the world and is especially present in spo...
First female vice president of the US
Harris’ portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her giving her victory speech, on a map of the United States.
Following days of election drama, on Saturday, November 7, all the major news outlets called the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden. ...
Pat “Action Nan” Smith
Grandmother who cleaned beaches every week for one year
Ink drawing of Pat Smith picking up trash, drawn on a map of Cornwall, UK.
Pat Smith was living an ordinary life in 2017 as a business owner and grandmother in the UK’s oceanfront peninsula region of Cornwall, when she...
Alexandria “AOC” Ocasio-Cortez
US Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district
AOC’s portrait in the Fearless Portrait project consists of an ink drawing of her giving her floor speech calling out the misogyny in Congress. She’s wearing a bright red blazer with matching red lipstick— something she describes as her “war paint.” I’ve drawn her over a map of New York City’s B...
- Dolores Huerta
American labor leader and civil rights activist
I want my daughters to pursue lives where anything is possible and they can be whatever they want to be. But if they never see someone like them do it first, how will they know it’s an option for them?
After all, if they can see it, they can be it.
I realized one day that I could onl...
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