The She Series Book

Created by Karen Hallion

The She Series: 100 Portraits and Essays of Inspiring Icons Whose Actions Changed the World

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Edits, edits and more edits! A small glimpse behind the scenes...
about 1 month ago – Thu, Oct 28, 2021 at 12:16:16 AM

Hello backers!  

Amy, Karen's Business Manager, here with an update for you on the book development.  

We have been chugging along through what is a fairly lengthy process to get the essays in final form. Writers have been submitting their drafts, they are reviewed by our sensitivity reader, our editor, go to our proofreader and then back to the writers for final approval.  Phew!  

It's been a lot of fun and exciting to see the final pages really come together, and we're so in awe of the amazing contributors to this project and their many talents.  

At this time we're still planning to meet our goal of getting the book to the printers by end of year, but we will update as we get closer if we anticipate any delays.

In the meantime, please enjoy a sneak peak at the essay below which will appear in the book.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to be in touch and we will be sure to post an update again soon.

Thank you!
4 months ago – Sat, Aug 14, 2021 at 06:45:58 PM

This is Amy, Karen's Business Manager, here with an update - Karen is still recovering from her hip replacement surgery so I am stepping in!  First, on behalf of Karen and the entire creative team behind this book, I just wanted to thank you so much for your incredible support.  We're so excited to bring this inspirational book to life.


We will be opening up a BackerKit platform in the coming weeks which will enable you to edit your pledge and add on more items than you may have originally pledged for, including some new items that were not available on Kickstarter. You will get an email from Backerkit when it is launched with instructions on how to edit your pledge and confirm your items.  Additionally, since our shipping window is so far out, you will have time to edit your shipping address up until about 4-6 weeks prior to shipping.


If you have any other questions at this time, please send me a message through Kickstarter and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.


Thank you again!

Four more days!
4 months ago – Mon, Aug 09, 2021 at 08:53:19 PM

Thank you so much for making this Kickstarter such a success! 

We have reached 200K and now we will have 120 portraits and essays in this book!

I have also added another sticker pack and pin pack to the add-ons.  

I have been trying to find a balance between offering  pin/sticker options but also not making it too complicated.  We will be doing a backerkit to hopefully add options for international backers. 


If you need help customizing your order for add-ons, here are the instructions: 

"While a project is live you can adjust your pledge by visiting the project page and clicking the “Manage your pledge" button. On the following page, select "Change your pledge".

From here, you’ll be able to adjust your pledge amount or switch to a different reward tier (changing reward tier will automatically update your pledge amount). Additionally, you’ll have the option to add any add-on rewards, or give a little extra with bonus support.

If you’d prefer not to receive a reward, simply change to the "Make a pledge without a reward" tier and enter your new pledge amount.

Remember, when changing your pledge amount you are not adding to your existing pledge, the new amount you enter will be the total amount collected if the project is successfully funded."


Please send us a message if you have any questions! 

Thank you! <3


Sticker pack 1:Simone Biles, Michelle Kwan, Yusra Mardini, Megan Rapinoe, Serena Williams

Sticker Pack 2: Dolly Parton, Ming Na Wen, Lucille Ball, Nichelle Nichols, Rita Moreno

Sticker pack 3:Billie Holiday, Selena, Beyonce, Yma Sumac, Aretha Franklin

Add-Ons
4 months ago – Fri, Aug 06, 2021 at 11:42:40 PM

I added a sticker pack as an add-on yesterday, and I should have included instructions on how to actually add something on to your pledge. I'm sorry! 

Here are instructions:

"While a project is live you can adjust your pledge by visiting the project page and clicking the “Manage your pledge" button. On the following page, select "Change your pledge".

From here, you’ll be able to adjust your pledge amount or switch to a different reward tier (changing reward tier will automatically update your pledge amount). Additionally, you’ll have the option to add any add-on rewards, or give a little extra with bonus support.

If you’d prefer not to receive a reward, simply change to the "Make a pledge without a reward" tier and enter your new pledge amount.

Remember, when changing your pledge amount you are not adding to your existing pledge, the new amount you enter will be the total amount collected if the project is successfully funded."

https://help.kickstarter.com/hc/en-us/articles/115005126814-How-can-I-change-my-pledge-amount-or-reward-selection-#:~:text=While%20a%20project%20is%20live,select%20%22Change%20your%20pledge%22.


We have five days left, would you be interested in more sticker pack add-ons, or a new pin pack add-on? :)

New Sticker Pack!
4 months ago – Fri, Aug 06, 2021 at 05:52:14 PM

This was supposed to be a stretch goal but I decided to go ahead and add it. :)

There should now be an option to add a second sticker pack to your pledge if you would like. This pack includes: 

Dolly Parton

Ming Na Wen

Lucille Ball

Nichelle Nichols

Rita Moreno

Let us know if you have any questions! There are six days left for this campaign. We got a little delayed in sharing full essays, I was supposed to share two...instead I will share four. Here is the first one, it's the final version of the Carrie Fisher essay by Delilah Dawson.  I will also be sharing Michelle Kwan, Frida Kahlo and Marie Skłodowska Curie in the next few days. 

Thank you for making this campaign such a success! :)

CARRIE FISHER – Inspire

"Carrie Fisher is best known for playing Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise, but she’s so much more than a princess in a metal bikini who strangled a giant space slug to death. In addition to acting, she was also an award-winning, bestselling author of fiction and memoirs, a screenwriter, a playwright, and a highly-paid “script doctor” whose wit and experience helped secretly improve dozens of movies, including those set in a galaxy far, far away. But her ability to inspire goes beyond her career; she inspired so many of us to embrace our true self and be more than a damsel in distress.

Both of Fisher’s parents—Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds—were famous actors, so she grew up in Hollywood and was performing in nightclubs and on Broadway with her mother by the time she was 15. But despite her fame and privilege, Fisher’s life wasn’t easy. She had a complicated relationship with her family and was very open about her lifelong struggle with mental illness, including bipolar disorder and addiction. The people who knew her best described her as tough, witty, realistic, and wry but never cynical. Much like Leia Organa, she was driven by a deep well of hope. The causes she supported included women’s advocacy, animal rights, mental health, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ issues. She was dedicated to ending the stigma against mental health disorders and once said, “Mothers can tell their kids when they are upset with the diagnosis that Princess Leia is bipolar, too.”

When I was a kid in the 1980s, most of the female characters we saw in the movies were girlfriends, wives, or victims—and they certainly weren’t the main characters of science fiction and fantasy stories. The first time I saw Princess Leia on the screen, I realized that I could be the hero of my own story instead of just an accessory to the plot or a sidekick to the leading man. Sure, Leia was a princess wearing a long white dress with her hair rolled up like cinnamon buns, but she was also giving orders, performing rescue missions in disguise, befriending fierce teddy bears on forest moons, and piloting speeder bikes while taking out enemies with better aim than Luke Skywalker himself. She was the first princess I ever saw who didn’t act like my preconceived notion of a princess. I wanted to be her.

And the inspiration didn’t stop there. Fisher wasn’t just a princess; she went on to do all the things I wanted to do. She wrote novels and movies and plays and wasn’t afraid to write about the dark parts of her own life. Growing up, I thought you were supposed to hide those things and pretend everything was great, but Carrie Fisher didn’t have time for that kind of make believe. She was unapologetically herself, willing to expose her greatest weaknesses and fears, knowing that it might help someone else. After all these years, she felt like a friend, a wise aunt who I knew would protect me fiercely and always cheer me on. Even though she is gone, she inspires me to be that person for the next generation.

The first time Carrie put on Princess Leia’s white outfit, George Lucas told her she couldn’t wear a bra. When she asked why, he explained that there is no underwear in Star Wars because as your body expands in space, a bra would strangle you. Carrie Fisher then wrote, “I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.” That’s how I like to think of her—laughing by the light of the moon, making the night a little less dark for those of us she inspired."