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Queen of the Neighbourhood Collective is an all-women crew of writers, researchers, editors and image-makers originally hailing from Aotearoa/NZ. They are Tui Gordon, Hoyden, Melissa Steiner, Anna Kelliher, Rachel Bell, Anna-Claire Hunter and Janet McAllister, plus a few assorted comrades and accomplices. Taking seed from the original zine, the collective sprouted up to create the book Revolutionary Women: A Book of Stencils. The collective draws on backgrounds from disparate worlds in zine-making, art, activism and academia.

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Revolutionary Women: A Book of Stencils
By: Queen of the Neighbourhood
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-200-3
Published: November 2010
Format: Paperback
Size: 8.5 by 5.5
Page count: 128
Subjects: Art-Stencils, Feminism


A radical feminist history and street art resource for inspired readers! This book combines short biographies with striking and usable stencil images of thirty women—activists, anarchists, feminists, freedom fighters and visionaries.

It offers a subversive portrait history which refuses to belittle the military prowess and revolutionary drive of women, whose violent resolves often shatter the archetype of woman-as-nurturer. It is also a celebration of some extremely brave women who have spent their lives fighting for what they believe in and rallying supporters in climates where a woman's authority is never taken as seriously as a man's. The text also shares some of each woman's ideologies, philosophies, struggles and quiet humanity with quotes from their writings or speeches.

The women featured are: Harriet Tubman, Louise Michel, Vera Zasulich, Emma Goldman, Qiu Jin, Nora Connolly O'Brien, Lucia Sanchez Saornil, Angela Davis, Leila Khaled, Comandante Ramona, Phoolan Devi, Ani Pachen, Anna Mae Aquash, Hannie Schaft, Rosa Luxemburg, Brigitte Mohnhaupt, Lolita Lebron, Djamila Bouhired, Malalai Joya, Vandana Shiva, Olive Morris, Assata Shakur, Sylvia Rivera, Haydée Santamaría, Marie Equi, Mother Jones, Doria Shafik, Ondina Peteani, Whina Cooper and Lucy Parsons.


"What you hold in your hands is a lethal weapon. Revolutionary Women: A Book of Stencils is a threat to the status quo and a dangerous wake-up call to every person who has ever dared to think for themselves. … I believe the words and art in this book have the power to mobilize a revolution. Rise up and let’s join them now!”
--Wendy-O Matik, author of Redefining Our Relationships: Guidelines for Responsible Open Relationships

"This book cunningly uses the modern style of stencilling to make icons of some key figures in feminist movement. Readers are invited to spread their images across t-shirts, walls, and pavements to let the world know who really deserves to be remembered."
--Gareth Shute, author of Hip Hop Music in Aotearoa

"The beauty and simplicity of message is stark in this zine. It is lovingly earnest with its handcrafted cut and pastes. The snippets are well-worded, the quotes cleverly chosen. The silhouettes of fearless females are striking. Overwhelmingly, one is left with a sense of the near universal absence of images of revolutionary women.  From now on, every time I see a Che Guevara portrait, I will wonder about his many, unheralded and invisible sisters."
--Karlo Mila, author of Dream Fish Floating

"What an amazing creative way to magnify, and illuminate the courage of 30 Sheroes whose courage, leadership and character is symbolic of the many unsung Women Sheroes of past and present."
--Emory Douglas, Former Black Panther Party Member, Revolutionary Artist & Minister of Culture

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revolutionary womenRevolutionary Women Stencils: A Review
By Gabriel Carlyle
February 2013

Moving stories abound. Nonetheless, as the authors make clear, there is an important distinction between icon and heroine, and not all of those featured are held up for our admiration - a crucial fact that is probably lost if the images are used as intended. Though a small number of those featured were committed to exclusively nonviolent means, many more were engaged in armed resistance, leading this reader to ponder 'Who and where are our female icons of revolutionary nonviolence?' Another book beckons perhaps....

revolutionary womenRevolutionary Women Stencils: A Review
by Kaitie
Fat Quarter
December 22, 2010

Every now and again comes along an idea that’s so brilliantly simple that you wish you’d thought of it yourself—but that’s also so ace that it gives you a little glow that other gals out there felt it was important to do.

Revolutionary Women, in short, is a collection of usable stencils of all the female subversives you may never have heard of, complete with a short and eye-opening bio of each. The very cool designs got my scissors snapping, but the text gave me pause for thought: these otherwise unrecognisable faces stand for lives—and for many stories I had never heard.

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revolutionary womenRevolutionary Women Stencils: A Review
Mellow Yellow
January 2011

The aim of the book is to counter-act and challenge all the male revolutionary heroes who’s faces are prolific in popular culture, like Che Guevara and Bob Marley, by providing a resource of brief and accessible biographies of women involved in revolutionary struggles who’s faces are no where to be seen in the mainstream and their herstories untold and untaught. However, as the introduction outlines, the selection of women and the biographies are narrated from a white (presumably radical/anarcha-) feminist perspective. What gets included and excluded is formed by the subject positions of the editors and authors, and how the women’s lives and politics are interpreted/translated and labeled is informed by such lenses.

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