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
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2 years ago

YES!

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Anne
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2 years ago

Y'all tell that to my mom :/

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2 years ago

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

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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2 years ago

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

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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2 years ago

Lydia - Time to change the Bf!

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diane a
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2 years ago

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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2 years 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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Good for Joana. But honestly, she needs to loose weight!

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Janine B.
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2 years 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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Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

I cannot possibly agree more. All too many victims of rape, of domestic violence, of harassment in the workplace, end up being the ones to be judged and criticized. It is bloody scandalous. There is one law, yet it is much too often applied differently according to your genitalia. Even in sports: Serena Williams is dead right.

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 years ago

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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diane a
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2 years ago

I have stretchmarks - have had them for almost 40 years - dont like them - cant erase them - I live with them

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2 years ago

AFRO hair are awesome!

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Rich Auntie Skeleton
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2 years 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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Janine B.
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2 years ago

There are so many children in this world waiting to be loved. I don't see why adoption should be an issue.

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 years ago

Kids often want their parents to get out of relationships that are unhealthy, they make the children unhappy as well. And seeing your parents stay in one does not help children navigate their own relationships as adults

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diane a
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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2 years ago

Yes, Yes, Yes!

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Kathy Baylis
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2 years 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
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

The best you can do!

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Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

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

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2 years ago

Yes, MIND YOUR OWN fckng BUSINESS!

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Daria B
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2 years ago

This one is great. Like the others. But, unless this is not a fictional lady, it would be more poignant if this were drawn in plural, like, two of them. One of the ladies having only one side. Because, that happens too, and women who underwent this tend to have a very hard time.

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Magpie
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2 years ago

And damn hard work too.

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Jagarundi
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2 years ago

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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2 years 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
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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Alusair Alustriel
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2 years 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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Jade Lynn
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2 years ago

Being told to smile more is so annoying!

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IWishIWasBob
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2 years ago

I think she’s beautiful!

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2 years 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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Magpie
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2 years ago

I still grit my teeth each summer. When I do not shave, and go the beach and grit my teeth.. And take of my glasses so I cannot even see if people are glaring at my hair legs, "fat" body.

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Aria FAFAT
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2 years ago

BAM!

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Daria B
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2 years 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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I guess female-bodied people are no longer allowed to have safe-spaces away from male-bodied people anymore... :/

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Doodlebug
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2 years ago

This happened to me except it was bulimia. Most people honestly don't care how you lose the weight, as long as you're not overweight. Because....reasons, I guess.

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PyroarRanger
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2 years 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
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2 years 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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Daria B
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2 years ago

This one reminds me of a colleague and friend at work. She's amazing.

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Alusair Alustriel
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2 years 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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IWishIWasBob
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2 years ago

Wow she’s really pretty

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Alusair Alustriel
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2 years 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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thepotatogirl
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2 years ago

What does this one mean? I've never heard of an intersex child

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Daria B
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2 years 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
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2 years 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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Jade Lynn
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2 years ago

If you are able and wanting to learn more at 64 that is fantastic!

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Magpie
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2 years ago

It is all about respect. Which should be the default position. These bigots just keep acting like respect is a limited quantity. But everyone should be met with a basic Respect. ( Until / if they open their mouths and spout stupid bigotry )

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The Girl on Fire
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2 years 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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Ariel
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2 years ago

Bras trigger migraines for me, even after just briefly trying one on in a shop.

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Jade Lynn
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2 years ago

I wish I was good at math.

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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2 years ago

every single summer of my life...

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Naima Ivansdóttir
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Awesome!

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Emma B
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Yes’m!

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Emma B
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2 years ago

That's absolutely ridiculous!

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Aussie Stace
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2 years 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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Magpie
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2 years ago

Congratulations and well done Yumi !

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minerva15
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2 years 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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PyroarRanger
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2 years ago

I can relate, being an AFAB , and a transmasc

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minerva15
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2 years 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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2 years ago

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

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