Groundbreaking Girls

In the two years since artist Allison Adams started her art project, Groundbreaking Girls, she has painted portraits of over 200 influential women from history.

40 of the paintings will be on display at the Women’s Museum of California in Liberty Station, starting February 1st and running through April 28th, 2019.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, NASA research mathematician Katherine Johnson, and activist Dolores Huerta are just some of the colorful portraits that will be on display at the Women’s Museum this spring.

The project started in 2016 while Adams was searching for inspiration and encouragement after the death of her husband. She found the inspiration she needed in a biography of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. “I had the idea of painting Eleanor Roosevelt while reading about her incredible humanitarian spirit. After that, the series just took off…I painted one amazing woman after another, hoping to honor their stories, but also being constantly inspired myself.” She hopes her work in turns inspires others, especially young people, “so little has been taught in the history books about these women…its time to reclaim our heritage.”

As for the name Groundbreaking Girls, came from, Adams explains “I like to think of them as girls as well as women because we were all girls once. They had to have something in them at a young age that gave them an extra confidence and passion to go against the system and do the brave things they did…each of them had a youthful idealism that carried them through no matter how old they were when they did these things”.

The Women’s Museum is located at 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103 San Diego, CA 92106. General admission is $5 and $3 for students and seniors. The museum is free for children under 12 and members of the military.

You can see more of Allison’s artwork at


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