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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. This week the “Nevertheless” portraits will continue to highlight women featured in Inspirer’s “Induct These Women” series.

Melissa Etheridge

Quote taken from NPR interview, 2014.

Three and a half decades ago, Melissa Etheridge was a small town Kansas native who had dropped out of Berklee and saved the money to buy a car that would take her and her 12-string across the country to Los Angeles to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a recording artist. Today, she’s one of Rock and Roll’s iconic female artists. She’s honest and uncompromising in her lyricism, with signature raspy vocals that carry her words straight to the hearts of her fans. Throughout her life and career, Melissa has broken down barriers, blazed trails, and solidified her place in rock and roll history. She became eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, but has yet to be recognized.

View the full Inspirer article here:  http://inspirer.life/home/2017/05/rock-hall-finduct-melissa-etheridge/

Ella Fitzgerald

Quote taken from ellafitzgerald.com.

Whether you know her as First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz or Lady Ella, Ella Fitzgerald remains to be one of the most iconic, prolific and recognizable voices in jazz. Her career spanned decades, from her first appearance at the Apollo during the Great Depression to her final concert at Carnegie Hall in 1991. Fitzgerald persevered through poverty and discrimination to forge a legacy that is as timeless as her voice.

View the full Inspirer article here:  http://inspirer.life/home/2017/06/rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-ella-fitzgerald/

Janet Jackson 

Quote taken from Jackson’s acceptance speech of a humanitarian award from the Human Rights Campaign, 2005.

Janet Jackson, the inimitable force of nature who has been a pop culture fixture for over 30 years. Her name is practically synonymous with R&B and her image is recognized around the globe. From her early years on The Jacksons through her ever evolving career, Jackson has not stopped bringing in huge crowds wherever she goes.

View the full Inspirer article here:  http://inspirer.life/home/2017/01/rock-roll-hall-fame-janet/

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.



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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