Remember the “woman’s card”? It’s that magical, unicorn-like super power that Republican presidential nominee and former reality TV star Donald J. Trump said was the only thing that Democratic rival and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had going for her on the campaign trail—nay, in life. According to Trump, being a woman just makes everything so darn easy! It would almost be funny if it weren’t so completely…depressing.
But the folks at NARAL Pro-Choice America are hoping to get the last laugh. After Trump made his egregious remarks, Clinton responded by saying, "if fighting for women’s healthcare and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in!” And now, the pro-choice and social justice advocacy group has released an entire deck of "woman cards" so that we can all can deal women in, no matter where we are.
The deck is illustrated by artist Andrea Sparacio, and its featured inspirations include not only Clinton herself, but women from a range of fields and experiences and time periods. There are co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi.
There's American Red Cross founder Clara Barton.
There's journalist and co-founder of the NAACP, Ida B. Wells.
There's House on Mango Street author Sandra Cisneros.
There's former first lady and the first-ever chairperson of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt.
There's Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, journalist and founder of MuslimGirl.net.
There's Navy veteran and computer programming pioneer Rear Admiral "Amazing Grace" Hopper.
And of course, everyone’s personal queens, Beyonce and Michelle Obama.
You can own this deck of women (because if there's anything we like more than a binder full of women, it's a deck full of them) for a $30 donation to NARAL here.
NARAL spokesperson James Owens says the cards “celebrate the trailblazing women who make America great,” calling the women featured “the strong leaders, brilliant thinkers, fierce competitors, brave risk-takers, and uncompromising innovators who have broken down barriers and always kept our country moving forward.”
Buy a set for all the women-supporting Leslie Knopes in your life!
Jen Gerson Uffalussy is a regular contributor to Fusion. She also writes about reproductive and sexual health/policy for Glamour, and television for The Guardian. She lives in Atlanta.