03/11/2015 08:03 am ET | Updated Mar 11, 2015

5 Brilliant Quotes From Women, Illustrated

To celebrate International Women's Day this past Sunday, CNN asked their audience to share their favorite quotes from inspirational women and recruited female designers to turn them into art.

CNN crowd-sourced the quotes using the hashtag #InspireWomen before enlisting the help of female designers who volunteered to illustrate a selection of the quotes. On Sunday, CNN revealed the final product: a gallery of 17 gorgeous illustrations capturing powerful words from women throughout history.

All of the quotes were suggested by CNN's audience, CNN journalists and women interviewed by CNN's Leading Women program.

The designs include quotes from Helen Keller, Maya Angelou and Sheryl Sandberg. Here are 5 of our favorites:

christiane amanpour
Designed by Yulia Shevchenko

toni morrison
Designed by Brenna Darroch

michelle obama
Designed by Laura Loving

elizabeth gilbert
Designed by Kitty Curran

joan jett
Designed by Amber Alves

Head over to CNN to see the rest of these badass quotes turned into art.


  • 1 Jane Austen
    From Persuasion.
  • 2 Maya Angelou
  • 3 Virginia Woolf
    Hulton Archive via Getty Images
  • 4 Sylvia Plath
    From The Bell Jar.
  • 5 Nora Ephron
    From I Remember Nothing
  • 6 Germaine Greer
    From The Change
  • 7 Gloria Steinem
  • 8 E.L. Konigsburg
    From From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
  • 9 Cheryl Strayed
    Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
  • 10 Jennifer Weiner
    From Good In Bed.
  • 11 Inga Muscio
    From Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
  • 12 Erica Jong
    From the essay "The Writer on Her Work."
  • 13 bell hooks
    From Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom.
  • 14 Anna Quindlen
    From Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
  • 15 Staceyann Chin
  • 16 Audre Lorde
  • 17 Alice Munro
    From "How I Met My Husband."
  • 18 Francesca Lia Block
    Necklace of Kisses
  • 19 Erica Jong
    From Fear Of Flying
  • 20 Nora Ephron
  • 21 Simone de Beauvoir
    From Tête-à-tête.