The Heroine of the Week Is Alice Masaryková

  • 19. 02. 2021
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Alice Masaryková © Aksana Pratskevich

Daughter of the first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and one of the first female university graduates in Bohemia, she pushed for numerous innovations in social policy and health care. In 1919 she founded the Czechoslovak Red Cross and become its first President. After the Communist coup in 1948 she emigrated to the USA, where she remained.

About the project

An illustrated mosaic of the stories of prominent Czech women - rulers, politicians, artists, scientists, and athletes – who left an important mark on history and the present day in the Czech lands and internationally. The project is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of women’s suffrage in Czechoslovakia in 1920 and the 200th birthday of author Božena Němcová. It offers portraits of fifty distinguished female personalities as seen through the eyes of the contemporary wave of young illustrators, students of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia under the guidance of their mentor and teacher Renáta Fučíková. The profiles of the selected heroines were written by the historian Lenka Křížová and the writer Kateřina Tučková. The exhibition project has been complemented by a book of the same name, published in autumn 2020.

The partner of the project is Radio Prague International and Sutnarka.

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