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Czech heroines: prominent Czech women past and present

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A look back over the past centuries reveals the prominent role that women played in Czech history as rulers, politicians, artists, scientists, and athletes. The Czech Centres, the Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia and Radio Prague International proudly present a new series celebrating women.

The Czech Heroines project offers portraits of fifty prominent Czech and Moravian women as seen through the eyes of young illustrators, students of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia led by their mentor and teacher Renáta Fučíková.

The illustrated project Czech Heroines was inspired by the centenary of voting rights for Czech women and the 200th anniversary of the birth of the prominent Czech writer Božena Němcová. It is a joint project by the Czech Centres, the Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia and Radio Prague International.

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    Eliška Junková

    The first Czech female racer who in 1928 drove her Bugatti in one of the most demanding car races in the world, the Sicilian Targa Florio, where she finished fifth.

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    Milena Jesenská

    Journalist, writer and translator, a friend of Franz Kafka, whose prose she translated into Czech.

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    Lata Brandis

    Noblewoman and horse rider, she was the first woman to participate in the famed Great Pardubice Steeplechase in 1927, one of the most difficult horse races in Europe.

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    Marie Schmolková

    A humanitarian worker of Jewish origin, who shortly before the outbreak of World War II saved thousands of German and Czech Jews from Nazi persecution and the Holocaust.

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    Maria Jeritza

    World-renowned soprano who, after her engagement in Vienna, performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1921-1932.

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    Božena Laglerová

    The first Czech female pilot.

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