The “Nevertheless” Portrait Project: Inspiring Women, Week 1

Once a week Inspirer will feature a selection of drawings by our staff photographer, Annie Govekar. The drawings are part of the “Nevertheless” portrait project which feature inspiring women and their quotes.

Michelle Obama 

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson is the 44th First Lady of the United States and the first African-American FLOTUS.  She is a lawyer, graduate of Princeton University and graduate of Harvard Law School. Obama is a community outreach worker, education advocate and developed the “Let’s Move” initiative.

”I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid. You hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope; never fear.”

The quote featured on the portrait is taken from Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The second quote is taken from Michelle Obama’s final remarks as First Lady.

Anne Frank

Annelies Marie Frank was born in Germany to a Jewish Family. When she was a young girl the family moved to the Netherlands as the Nazis gained control of Germany. Anne was a young teenager in Amsterdam when her family went into hiding because of the German occupation of the Netherlands. Anne documented her life for two years in her diary before her family was found and sent to the concentration camps. Anne passed away in 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp from typhus. Her book “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” has been translated into 67 languages with over 30 million copies sold.

The quote featured on the portrait is taken from Anne Frank’s diary.

J.K. Rowling

Joanne Rowling is an author and literary sensation best known for writing the seven books in the Harry Potter series. She graduated from Exeter University studying French and Classics before moving to London to work for Amnesty International.  Rowling has been open about her past struggles being a single parent on welfare and it was during this time that she was writing Harry Potter. After being rejected from multiple publishers, the series went on to sell over 400 million copies, in over 70 languages. Rowling has also written multiple books aimed toward adults.  Her works have inspired films, a stage play and a tv series. Rowling is the president of the Gingerbread charity and co-founded the charity Lumos with Emma Nicholson.

The quote featured in the portrait is from J.K. Rowling’s commencement speech at Harvard University ’The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination’.

More about the Nevertheless Project:

The “Nevertheless” project is an art project that features a quote and portrait of an inspiring woman every day. The goal of the project is to run for 365 days while inspiring, motivating and educating. The idea for this project came along while I was commiserating over the current state of the world with my friend. I asked “What can I even do?” My friend simply responded with “Your art.”  This resonated with me and the project was started shortly after.  My hope is to lift people up by shinning the light on badass women. Some you may know, some you may not. We would love to hear who inspires you and who you think should be featured.

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Annie is a photographer and artist currently residing outside of Philadelphia. She has a degree in media design from the MTSU School of Journalism and got her start doing graphic and merchandise design for the NYC theatre community. She spends most of her free time traveling to theatre, concerts, or creating art. She has an unquenchable thirst to explore all things abandoned and old. Annie also answers to the name of Yoda (a favorite nickname amongst family and friends)
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