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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diane a
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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?????

Agnes Jekyll
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think because it ruins their image of what a breast should be--that's what I think upsets them

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Master Markus
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm fine with breasts having a sexual element to people - it's understandable, nipples are erogenous zones, people have sexual fetishes for various parts of the human body, etc. - but breastfeeding is not sexually explicit. It's a baby sucking on a nipple. I don't know about anyone else, but that context makes it immediately not arousing.

Caroline Espenschied
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe it's that ?! Maybe seeing a breast and the breast being NOT arousing is profoundly disturbing to them ? I don't know, I'm searching...

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

what should really be considered obscene is the idea some people have of bodies (esp. female bodies)!

Vladimira Vrcic
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really don't mind breastfeeding in public but I do mind that the same moms that so passionately stand for the free boob when the child is attached are so fast to tell me that my boob on the beach is somehow offending that same child of their's 3 years down the line... I guess it is only natural when the child is attached!? Bugs me so much....

Devin Ryan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As long as you are willing to put up with guys staring at you

snoozy womble
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate this is still a thing in 2018, breast feeding in public when you have low confidence is already a horrible experience but if you bottle feed you are also shamed. If you hide in a toilet to feed it smells bad, is uncomfortable and you are in peoples way, especially as some places only have 1-2 toilets. Breastfeeding can take anything upwards of an hour if your child is a slow or cluster feeder. Then don't forget the isolation that comes from going to a separate room. You can 'try' to feed the child under a blanket, but many babies don't like that and it causes a bigger scene. You cannot win as a woman in this situation so do whatever feels natural, or best, or god help me even easiest to you.

Freya the Wanderer
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Breastfeeding in public should not be regarded as taboo! Nature intended them to be "baby's public house."

Khums
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When and why did society do a 180° breastfeeding babies in public? It used be frowned upon to bottle feed babies, now seeing what a lot of parents (those who had children in the mid 1980's and before) did naturally as shocking, sexual and antisocial is warped

Asper Rated
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I get a kick out of people being upset at public breastfeeding. Just what do you think those fun bags are for?

Pollen the Pink Ninja
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No. It's ok. Women can just let their babies starve just to make society happy. Babies can totally go grab a big mac or something. Babies don't have to eat like the rest of society. WTF WORLD!

anarkzie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, this is why I'm supportive of public breast feeding too, a child does not yet have the cognative levels of an adult, it's hungry it wants food, any adult seeing this should be able to process this and just get on with his/her life, don't like it? then just turn your head around till they're out of your line of sight. Why create an artificial panic?

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Isla Reyne
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

baby needs to eat. eff off, everyone.

Nez Rueada
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

better get a room or cover your breasts

Turnip and a Frog
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s all about the nipple, isn’t it? That crazy obsession? Because the breast is mostly shapeless, curvy and oval, and it’s the nipple that’s making it all formed, solidified into ... the obscene? My goodness... All that “controversy” about breastfeeding in public is plain ridiculous. Why make so much fuss about a child having its meal, after all?? If a part - 1/3, probably - of a breast bothers you so much, just look the other way and stop making mothers feel guilty about doing their job! If you have a problem with it, you’re sexualising it. And that’s YOUR problem.

Brandon Jordanov
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4 years ago

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What’s wrong if a man pulls out his schlong and urinates in an empty Big Gulp cup he collects from the corner trash bin? It’s natural and there’s nothing obscene about urinating...it’s a bodily function just like lactating. Why the double standard?

Master Markus
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not the same thing. First of all, the penis is genitalia, which the nipples are not. Second, urine is unhygenic, as is pulling things from trash bins.

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Whatevers not taken
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4 years ago

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WRONG again. It’s still considered public nudity. You can’t just whip out a tit and start breastfeeding. I get your trying to make a statement but there is tons of places to go in public where you can feed your child in private. The fact you want to do it in public is to just make a scene. You don’t give two shits about your kid so stop using them as an excuse for your behavior.

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diane a
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I worked in a place where all residents of different ages were confined to wheelchairs.They were amazingly resiliant (one guy had been wheelchair-bound for over 50 years (Japanese POW camp). If they had the use of 1 hand - or even 1 finger they had freedom

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Monika Soffronow
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Jade Lynn
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A lot of my friends were surprised that I had been abused as I hid it quite well. You never know what is going on in someone's private life when you're not around. Some people learn how to hide abuse and trauma because it's the only way for them to keep going and pushing their way through life.

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Agnes Jekyll
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People do not know how to deal with grief--sometimes they say horrible things that only make it worse. I think we need a book or manual for what to say--it would help a lot.

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Agnes Jekyll
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

cellulite was never anything to be embarrassed about before advertising companies made it so--everyone has it. There's no reason to be ashamed

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Rich Auntie Skeleton
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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diane a
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Kathy Baylis
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Monika Soffronow
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Any negative comment about your appearance is simply bullying unless you asked for that person's opinion.

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Magpie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Jagarundi
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually had corrective surgery for this condition. The "lazy eye" was distorting my vision and giving me headaches among other issues. Being bullied for this was no picnic either.

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Alusair Alustriel
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Random Panda
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Sarah Miranowicz
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm bisexual, so that means I can't be friends with anyone. There is only prey.

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Daria B
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Lara L.
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4 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am for unisex toilets everywhere :) then men can wait in line too in a bar ;) and then sarah wouldn't have to make this experience

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Magpie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017