There are so many different kinds of artist and while some focus on creating beauty, others want to make a difference.

Carol Rossetti is a 30-year-old artist from Brazil who has been drawing illustrations about strong women and their struggles for over four years.

"I started drawing when I was a very young child," Carol told Bored Panda. "But, then again, I guess all kids like to draw. I did develop other artistic interests as I grew up, like acting and sculpting, but they really didn't work that much, so I kept on drawing."

"I started working with illustration a couple of years after college. I created a page on Facebook to post a drawing every day, as a way for me to build up a portfolio and get better at drawing. Only my mom and a few friends followed my page back then, of course... But then came the Women project."

This project went viral, and we even wrote about it in 2014. "Through the Women project, I wanted to start a dialogue about feminism with people from outside of the activist movements. The messages in those illustrations are clear, easy to read and somehow comforting - but also very fast and very short. It's not aimed at people who are already familiar with the concepts of body positivity, freedom of choice, LGBTQI pride, intersectionality, social equality and human rights. I mean, these people are always welcome to feel comforted and represented as well. But I wanted to start talking about feminism with my aunt, my grandmother, my mother, the women in my life who were scared of the word "feminism". So it's more like a call for a debate, an invitation to talk about how sexism affects our lives every day."

"The first characters were based on people I knew (or, at least, the stories, cause the character design were mostly fictional), but soon women from all over the world started sending me their stories and experiences, so the project got wider and more interesting."

When asked what's the best part about drawing, Carol said: "I believe the best part is to learn so much and know that my work has touched some people so deeply. I never imagine it would happen." And what's the worst? "The worst part... well, I wouldn't call it "worst" since there's only one bad side to all of it. When we talk about feminism and human rights in general, you can bet you'll also get angry, aggressive backlash from conservatives. It's something we learn how to deal with, but I can't say it doesn't hurt. It does. Luckily, the love I got has always been greater than the hate."

Scroll down to see some of the amazing illustrations by Carol Rossetti and check out the links below to see even more.

More info: carolrossetti.com.br | Facebook | carolrossettidesign.tumblr.com | Instagram | kickstarter.com

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Mimis Nachbarin 8 months ago

YES!

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Anne 8 months ago

Y'all tell that to my mom :/

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Ladies and Gentlemen 8 months ago

I like TINA! We need more TINAs in the world!

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diane a 8 months ago

breasts along with teats on dogs, cats and udders on cows, sheep and goats are for feeding babies, it is all in the warped eye of the beholder. Feeding a baby is sexual?????

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Ladies and Gentlemen 8 months ago

Lydia - Time to change the Bf!

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Nightsong Ceawlin 8 months ago

I read a quote from someone who uses a wheelchair once that roughly went: I'm not confined to my wheelchair. My wheelchair gives me the freedom to get around and do the things I want to do instead of being confined to my bed.

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Monika Soffronow 8 months ago

Since I am a standard hetero I have a hard time "understanding" homosexuality - but then again, I have a hard time to understand what it is to be Chinese, or brown-eyed, or six feet tall, you know, all of these attributes we simply are because we were born that way. Live and let live, love and let love. And no, ignorant shepherds 1500 or 2000 or 3000 years ago did NOT know better.

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Mimis Nachbarin 8 months ago

That's true. Love yourself and you will be loved. For who you are and for how you look: because (thanks to the beautiful diversity of mother nature) there are lovers for all kind of bodytypes.

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Janine B. 8 months ago

Here in Germany beaches usually have parts where everyone can go fully naked. Nothing sexual, just natural. It's so good to feel free in any shape and no one stares or even cares.

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Nightsong Ceawlin 8 months ago

What on earth does "traumatized enough" even look like? And by whose measure?

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Nightsong Ceawlin 8 months ago

I can't even wrap my head around this one. What she lost might not have looked like a baby. But the anticipation she must have been feeling about her upcoming motherhood and what that child could have become...of course she is grieving.

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Nightsong Ceawlin 8 months ago

You don't see cellulite on women in magazines because it's airbrushed away. In person, they have imperfect bodies just like the rest of us.

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Ladies and Gentlemen 8 months ago

AFRO hair are awesome!

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Rich Auntie Skeleton 8 months ago

Me and my boyfriend get funny looks when we go out, yeah he's white. I don't get it.

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ZombieGirl5591 8 months ago

Honestly, people need to start adopting more. There are too many kids in this world without homes! I wish more than anything in this world that I could adopt!

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Magpie 8 months ago

Oh god yes. Divorce was the best thing my parents ever did as parents. Getting the abuser our of the house was just brilliant for us kids.

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diane a 8 months ago

i never thought of it like that - do men really have freckle fetishes? Pale skin with freckles looks nice - think it is sometimes due to Irish anscestry

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Darryl Kerrigan 8 months ago

Tall women are great! More 6ft plus women please!

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diane a 8 months ago

My sister-in-law solved that issue - she married a guy with the same surname

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Kathy Baylis 8 months ago

First, it's child sexual abuse and torture. Period. Second, since its intention is to make sex less pleasurable for women so they won't cheat on their husbands, an idea obviously thought up by a man, it's domestic sexual abuse that extends to when the little girl grows up. There's just no cultural justification for it. If the Hindus could abolish the practice of suttee (widow immolates herself on husband's funeral pyre), then FGM, which is not required by any religion btw, should also be abolished.

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Daria B 8 months ago (edited)

This kind of extra short hair can look stunningly feminine. Even a bald head can, if you know how to style yourself.

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Mimis Nachbarin 8 months ago

The best you can do!

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Nightsong Ceawlin 8 months ago

Why should she be ashamed to walk around in shorts? The only person who should be ashamed is the person judging her for it.

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Ladies and Gentlemen 8 months ago

Yes, MIND YOUR OWN fckng BUSINESS!

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Magpie 8 months ago

Any one who defines a woman by her breasts is weird anyway. Facing cancer is scary. Wishing her best of health!

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WingedPug 8 months ago

I once saw a quote on here that said something like "'The immigrants are stealing our jobs!' 'Yes, Gary, even though you never graduated high school, Mohammed the surgeon is stealing your job.'"

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Nightsong Ceawlin 8 months ago

Boom!

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Naima Ivansdóttir 8 months ago

i remember i was so embarassed by acne when i was a teenager! of course the problem is almost gone now but it still can happen sometimes. i wish my teenager me was able to give half the heck i'm giving now - that would have made it sooo much easier :D

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Naima Ivansdóttir 8 months ago

hahahah this is so me! i've been sporting blue hair for 20 years and counting, and some people seem to never get tired of asking me that question! :D

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IWishIWasBob 8 months ago

I’m taller than my hubby and we just don’t care :)

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Alusair Alustriel 8 months ago

I know men who will call their women incomplete even though they have all body parts. Toxic relationships should be ended ASAP, but I know from first hand how difficult it can be. Stay strong and believe in yourself, because you are NOT worthless and stupid and nothing without your man. If he tells you that, then HE is NOTHING.

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Caroline Espenschied 8 months ago

And why should she smile if she doesn't feel like it ? To make other people comfortable ? Why should she ?

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IWishIWasBob 8 months ago

I think she’s beautiful!

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Random Panda 8 months ago

How can you say that to a person who has had to hide something so fundamental about herself her whole life?

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Jagarundi 8 months ago

I didn't shave my legs for "quite" a long while. I answered the door for a deputy while I was wearing shorts, and very furry, I thought he was going to gag!

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Jo Smith 8 months ago

This is the single weirdest thing I heard as a kid about gender roles. I did not get it at all. I assume it comes from some sort of puritanical thinking that it will lead to the apocalypse or something.

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Daria B 8 months ago

This one, I so agree with this. Also, sex tapes. Any time a sex tape leaks out, all the public shame is put on the woman? Why? She wasn't alone in this. Also, why should she be ashamed of having a good time? It's so stupid and illogical.

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Nightsong Ceawlin 8 months ago

I do understand feeling uncomfortable in a restroom with someone who looks female but has a different anatomy (but that begs the question, how did the cis women know? Were they peeking into Sarah's stall?). But I wouldn't dream of saying anything to a trans woman for using the women's room, because she has the same right to be there as I do.

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Magpie 8 months ago

This is really hard. Congratulations to her in her recovery. And I hope she gets good kind and respectful people around her.

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PyroarRanger 8 months ago

I honestly don't understand this middle school dress code with it saying "oh it'll distract the boys/girls" and I'm like "what."

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Daria B 8 months ago (edited)

Additionally, contraception medication can treat hormone related disorders, so.... But still it's none of anyone's business why you take them.

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Night Owl 8 months ago

In the meantime it's become officially a sport as of last year and wants to become olympic - https://www.bbc.com/sport/41652997

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Alusair Alustriel 8 months ago

Good that some believed onyl that she won't be happy. In most cases those "some" would believe she either was lying, or that she provoked or w/e else.

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Master Markus 8 months ago

I'm shocked that there are even gay people who judge people for bi/pansexuality. I understand if you don't "get" it but there's nothing wrong with it!

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Alusair Alustriel 8 months ago

Haveing sex is just one of the aspects of love. It's not like love = sex. Nor that sex = love on that matter...

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Master Markus 8 months ago

OOH! That's a big one I don't hear talked about enough. I totally agree though, in the same line as circumcision or FGM you shouldn't change someone physically if they can't / don't consent to it. (Unless of course, there's an actual medical issue with leaving things as-is)

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Daria B 8 months ago (edited)

I think martial arts are exactly what every girl needs. (Still so even in this age, sadly.) Stay safe.

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Daria B 8 months ago

Furthermore, I will always advocate for living together before marriage. It's your life partner, choose wisely. (This is valid for either gender/sex and regardless of hetero/homo/bi/etc.)

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Emma B 8 months ago

Knowledge is Power!

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The Girl on Fire 8 months ago

My grandparents got married at 18. They have been happily married for 60 years. Age when married has nothing to do with it.

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The Girl on Fire 8 months ago

It's not just bigger women who can have body image struggles. Skinny women can too. As a very skinny person I wish more people realized this.

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Lara L. 8 months ago

I want to be as strong as Martha! But I have pretty big boobs- so people stare at them all the time if I don't wear a bra (and if I were one too, but not as persistent) And make me feel uncomfortable.

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Emma B 8 months ago

Knowledge is Power!

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Naima Ivansdóttir 8 months ago

every single summer of my life...

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Naima Ivansdóttir 8 months ago

this make you such an easy target for people who really want to hurt you. the last time i was hospitalized i was told to "enjoy my holidays" since i was going to the cinema or out to dinner or for a walk while in the hospital. my doctors do insist that, while iin my time off medication routines and IV treatment, i must go out and enjoy my day to avoid depression and apathy, which are not helping in any condition. mocking me up like that only highlighted the lack of empathy and understanding these people have in spite of claiming they love me and they care.

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Jade Lynn 8 months ago

Awesome!

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Emma B 8 months ago

Yet the cosmetics industry makes BILLIONS each year! The argument can also be said for men with beards as a mask hiding their real face. Everyone is different, let them express themselves as they like. None of your business otherwise! Just keep doing you.

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Genesis Harrison 8 months ago

Yes ma’am*

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Emma B 8 months ago

That's absolutely ridiculous!

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Aussie Stace 8 months ago (edited)

My mom is an occupational therapist so I grew up with children who had down syndrome, autism, etc, I've spent many hours when I got old enough volunteering in classrooms with children with disabilities or babysitting a little boy with down syndrome who acted like a big brother to his little sister.. He was just a little delayed. Disabilities aren't always disabilities, they're differences. Live your life as you will because you can do whatever you want to, dispite your differences.

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Jade Lynn 8 months ago

Congrats Yumi!

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minerva15 8 months ago

I was once told by a guy that I should get a boob job because no guy would ever want to date me for having small boobs. Load of crap.

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WingedPug 8 months ago

So, are these real stories, or are they made-up people to get the point across?

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PyroarRanger 8 months ago

I can relate, being an AFAB , and a transmasc

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minerva15 8 months ago

I own two Overwatch themed hoodies. When I wear them in public men look at me and smile...in an uncomfortable way. And if I'm talking to a hug and wearing it they will inevitably ask. And say "Ohhh a gamer girl." It's so annoying.

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Ladies and Gentlemen 8 months ago

As long as its a personal decision, I am with Susan!

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Lara L. 8 months ago

I know this in the opposite way. That women have stronger friendships than men- because they talk more about feelings and personal stuff. But either way every friendship is special and if it is a good one who cares if its between woman, men or a woman and a man

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Magpie 8 months ago

Sometimes it is hard to tell if people are just stupid or biased. Some people are willing to learn. Cultivate them.

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Andres Tejeda 8 months ago

Exactly, I never understood the thought behind baptisms, I mean if a god is going to condemn you to an eternity of punishment for things you didn't do and were passed down to you, then you need to evaluate what you are worshiping. That's like getting sent to jail because your great, great, great, great, grandfather killed someone.

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Naima Ivansdóttir 8 months ago

i've got a huge scar running from my breasts to my groin. it used to bother me A LOT at first and i was considering cosmetic surgery. then i got used to it, and now i'm glad i kept it.

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incoherent screaming 8 months ago

Never forget Princess Leia has the force too! It wasn't just luke and anakin

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Random Panda 8 months ago

Americans really need to stop obsessing about skin colour so much (in this context). Two people with vastly different appearances can easily be of the same culture/ethnicity. It may be unusual in some cases, but it's not impossible.

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Magpie 8 months ago

If it is all consenting adults it is nobody else's business.