The Pantheon of 400 Women Who Inspire

"It  has been an incredibly emotional journey to read about and paint these  extraordinary women for 100 days without a brake. I have learned so much  by their stories and have been truly inspired by this voyage into a  world of cause, purpose, determination, knowledge, creativity and  diversity. They will certainly inspire and offer hope for the future to  any one who discovers them".  Thus  the "Art with a Purpose" movement is born. - Sema Canaan Jonsson


Scroll down for the list of the women honored in this exhibition & information on them. Click on the name to get inspired by their life stories.


Sema's 400 portraits of women who inspire®

The first 100 Portraits by first name

Ada Lovelace

Alice Augusta BALL 

Amal Clooney

Amelia EARHART  

Anais Nin

Angela  DAVIS 

Angela  MERKEL  

Angelina JOLIE  

Ann TSUKAMOTO  

Anna WINTOUR  

Anna AKHAMATOVA  

Anne FRANK   

Annika Sorenstam

Aretha Franklin

Ariana HUFFINGTON   

Astrid Lindgren

Audrey  HEPBURN   

Barbara STREISLAND   

Barbara HILLARY   

Beatrice Fihn

Berta VON SUTTNER   

Bilie HOLIDAY   

Bionce Giselle KNOWLES   

Brigitte BARDOT    

Caitlyn Jenner

Cecilia PAYN GAPOSCHKIN   

Christine JORGENSEN  

Christine  LAGARDE  

Clara BARTON   

Clementina ACEDO

Corazon AQUINO   

Deepeka Kurup

Dian FOSSEY   

Diana  SPENSER  

Dorothy HODGKIN   

Edith Piaf

Elisabeth BLACKWELL   

Elisabeth WINDSOR   

Ella MAILLARD   

Ellen Degeneres

Elsa BRANDSTROM 

Emma Watson

Erin  ERSSON  

Eunice  KENNEDY  

Eva PERRON  

Fabiola GIANOTTI   

Florence NIGHTINGALE   

Francoise BARRE SINOUSSI  

Frida KAHLO   

Gabriela MISTRAL

Georgia O'KEEFFE   

Golda MEIR   

Grace MURRAY HOPPER   

Grace KELLY   

Greta GARBO   

Gunhild Stordalen

Harnaam KAUR   

Harriet BEECHER STOWE   

Hedy LAMARR  

Helena  RUBENSTEIN 

Hypatia

Indira GANDHI   

Irena  SENDLEROWA  

Isabella DOS SANTOS   

James BARRY   

Jane  GOODALL  

JK ROWLING   

Josephine  BAKER  

Josephine COCHRANE  

Katherine Coleman Johnson

Katrine MANSFIELD   

Keiko FUKUDA  

Laura  DEKKER 

Laura J Richardson

Liv ULLMANN  

Lucille Ball

Madeleine ALBRIGHT

Malala YOUSAFZAI   

Manal AL SHRAIF   

Margareth QUEEN OF DENMARK

Margrethe Vestager

Maria CALLAS   

Maria MONTESSORI  

Maria TELKES   

Marie CURIE    

Marianne Thieme

Marta Vieira da Silva

Mary Louise Streep

Mata Hari

Maya ANGELOU

Maya PLISETSKAYA  

Melinda GATES 

Michel OBAMA

Micheline Calmy-Rey

Mineko Iwasaki

MonaLisa

Moza Bint Nasser

Nadia MURAD   

Nadine GORDIMER   

Naomi CAMPBELL   

Natalia VADIANOVA  

Oprah WINFREY  

Patsy O'Connell Sherman

Peggy GUGGENHEIM  

Rachel LOUIS CARSON  

Rosalind FRANKLIN   

Ruth Dreifuss

Ruth HANDLER  

Sabiha GOKCEN   

Sameera MOUSSA   

Serena WILLIAMS  

Serpil Timuray

Sheika AL MASKARI  

Shirley Ann Jackson

Simone DE BEAUVOIR   

Simone VEIL   

Sofia Kovalevskaya

Stephanie DE MONACO  

Stephanie KAVOLEK   

Tarana  BURKE  

Theresa MOTHER   

Twiggy   

Valentina TERESHKOVA   

Valentina VEZZALI   

Virginia WOOLF   

Vivienne WESTWOOD   

Wangari MAATHAI   

Yeonmi PARKS  

Yoko ONO   

Youyou TU   

Zaha HADID   

Zainab SALBI  

Zhang XIN   

Zhou QUNFEI 


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Portraits by number painted


4  Angela Davis 

5  Eva Perron EVITA   

6  Amelia Earhart   

7  Jane Goodall   

8  Elisabeth Windsor   

9  Simone de Beauvoir   

10  Theresa Mother   

11  Helena Rubenstein   

12  Marie  Curié   

13  Golda Meir   

14  Anna Wintour   

15  Malala Yousafzai   

16  Valentina tereshkova   

17  Oprah Winfrey   

18  Angela Merkel   

19  JK Rowling   

20  Serena Williams   

21  Greta Garbo   

22  Stephanie de Monaco   

23  yoko Ono   

24  Simone veil   

25  Grace Murray Hopper   

26  Christine Jorgensen   

27  Dorothy Hodgkin   

28  Dian Fossey   

29  Valentina Vezzali   

30  Clara Barton   

31  Christine Lagarde   

32  Hedy Lamarr   

33  Bilie Holiday   

34  Grace Kelly   

35  Diana Spencer   

36  Tarana Burke   

37  Anne Frank   

38  Angelina Jolie   

39  Maria Callas   

40  Fabiola Gianotti   

41  Vivienne Westwood   

42  Melinda Gates   

43  Frida Kahlo   

44  Irena Sendlerowa   

45  Brigitte Bardot   

46  Florence Nightingale   

47  Stephanie Kavolek   

48  Elsa Brandstrom   

49  Cecilia Payn Gaposchkin   

50  Ann Tsukamoto   

51  Rosalind Franklin   

52  Nadine Gordimer   

53  Youyou Tu   

54  Bionce Giselle Knowles   

55  Indira Gandhi   

56  Barbara Streisland   

57  Josephine Baker   

58  Virginia Woolf   

59  Maria Monessori   

60  Sheika Al Maskari   

61  Sabiha Gokcen   

62  Josephine Cochrane   

63  Anna Akhamatova   

64  James Barry   

65  Elisabeth Blackwell   

66  Natalia Vadianova   

67  Georgia O'Keeffe   

68  Alice Augusta Ball   

69  Maria Telkes   

70  Francoise Barre Sinoussi   

71  Wangari Maathai   

72  Yeonmi Parks   

73  Naomi Campbell   

74  Twiggy    

75  Harnaam Kaur   

76  Margareth queen   

77  Liv Ullmann   

78  Eunice Kennedy   

79  Keiko Fukuda   

80  Sameera Moussa   

81  Zainab Salbi   

82  Rachel louis Carson   

83  Manal Al shraif   

84  Laura Dekker   

85  Berta Von Suttner   

86  Maya Plisetskaya   

87  Barbara Hillary   

88  Corazon Aquino   

89  Audrey 2 Hepburn   

90  Peggy Guggenheim   

91  Zhang Xin   

92  Zaha Hadid   

93  Ariana Huffington   

94  Zhou Qunfei   

95  Harriet Beecher Stowe   

96  Ella Maillard   

97  Isabella Dos Santos   

98  Ruth Handler   

99  Katrine Mansfield   

100  Nadia Murad   

101  Erin Ersson   

102  Amal Clooney   

103  Gunhild Stordalen   

105  Aretha Franklin   

106  Lucille Ball 

107 Clementina Acedo

108 Michel Obama

109 Madeleine Albright

110 Emma Watson

111 Maya Angelou

112 Gabriela Mistral

113 Micheline Calmy-Rey

114 Ruth Dreifuss

115 Beatrice Fihn

116 Mineko Iwasaki

117 Moza Bint Nasser

118 Ellen Degeneres

119 Laura J Richardson

120 Mary Louise Streep

121 Marta Vieira da Silva

122 Edith Piaf

123  Sofia Kovalevska

124 Patsy O'Connell Sherman

125 Deepeka Kurup

126 Caitlyn Jenner

127 Annika Sorenstam

128 Margrethe Vestager

129 Katherine Coleman Johnson

130 Shirley Ann Jackson

131 Marianne Thieme

132 Serpil Timuray

133 Anais Nin

134 Astrid Lindgren

135 Mata Hari

136 Ada Lovelace

137 Hypatia

138 MonaLisa

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