Mar 8, 2024 • 4 min read

Why International Women’s Day Is The Perfect Time To Celebrate Female Creativity In Print

On International Women’s Day, discover why print is the ideal medium for amplifying women’s voices.

Why International Women’s Day Is The Perfect Time To Celebrate Female Creativity In Print

March may be known as Women's History Month, but International Women's Day is undoubtedly one of the most widely known movements for women's rights. This day recognises the monumental achievements of women globally while advocating gender equality. It's also an opportunity to highlight the kaleidoscope of female talent across all sectors.

Embracing equality is foundational to a thriving and inclusive world. Women who champion diversity and inclusion through print allow for a broader range of perspectives. Especially in an age dominated by digital communications, the tactile nature of print holds a special charm. The permanence of the written word and artistry is an effective way for women to demonstrate their work visually and to spark ongoing dialog and action.

Let’s celebrate women’s creativity with these print projects that deserve a spotlight:


Sarah Plummer

Sarah Plummer, a UK photographer, describes her passion for photography as "...a creative outlet [that] quickly transformed into a deeper exploration of the human experience." Book printing was her way of documenting her trip with friends to Lisbon in Hardcover Books.

Photography is a profound manifestation of women's creative spirit. Women behind the camera are not just observers but also narrators, critics, and visionaries. This autonomy in storytelling is pivotal, allowing women like Sarah to explore themes through a lens that is inherently their own. Photography Books also transcend the digital realm, and the tangible presence of print can make abstract concepts palpably real to readers.

Ayodo Books

Ayodo Books, led by Amona Brefo, is a UK-based Children’s Book publisher that promotes "diversity, inclusion, emotional intelligence and cultural understanding" through its publications. Her book ‘Feelings… and Us’ follows two biracial and bilingual children with a multicultural background as they navigate daily life, blending "modern influences and traditional values”.

Printed Books written by women broaden children’s horizons, giving them glimpses into history, cultures and societies. Furthermore, the role of woman-led publishing companies is often at the forefront of pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo, and ensuring that diverse voices and stories are acknowledged and celebrated in Children's Books

Brefo says, "[her] enthusiasm for diverse bookshelves and children's literature inspired her to write her own books, hoping to educate and entertain children worldwide". That's why women’s efforts to ensure that the next generation can read stories that reflect the true breadth of life experience is vital to promoting a world where everyone's story has a place.


Mary Landro

Mary Landro, known as MLANDART, is a Canadian Comic Book artist. Her publication, 'RICH', is an original dark fantasy story detailing an epic journey of what shapes the villains and heroes of her story.

Female artists like Mary play a critical role in diversifying the range of stories and characters. Comic Book printing connects readers to the immersive nature of storytelling, and holding printed work in hand offers readers an even more intimate experience with the material. Female creators also counter the Comic Book industry's historical gender imbalance and offer fresh, nuanced portrayals of women beyond stereotypes. Incorporating their perspectives, experiences, and identities means women can provide more relatable content for all readers and foster a deeper understanding of different societal and cultural influences.

The presence of women in the Comic Book industry is also pivotal in breaking down barriers and ensuring that it's inclusive and representative of its audience. Women can create stories that showcase female characters who challenge the narrative and visual clichés, paving the way for more wide-ranging storytelling techniques that celebrate diversity in all its forms. Their work proves that the pen (and brush) is indeed mightier than the sword, and we must acknowledge their crucial role in shaping a more equitable and vibrant world within and beyond the pages of Comics.


However, International Women's Day extends far beyond a single day. Celebrating women's creativity and achievements is vital for recognising and honouring their perspectives and contributions to our society. Print can catalyse ongoing conversation, reflection, and action, making lasting reminders that commemorate and support those who are paving the way for a fairer world.

For more information on International Women's Day, visit the official website. And, for more news and inspiration, check out the array of posts on Mixam's Blog and visit our Support section for helpful guidance and advice on all things print.


Image Credits: Sarah Plummer, Amona Brefo and Mary Landro

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