March 8 is International Women’s Day, so to celebrate here are some of the best Zen Pencils comics featuring quotes from amazing women. Women’s rights is one of the most important issues we face and I try to feature strong and inspiring women, either the women whose quotes I adapt or the characters I create. This is not something I always did well (the first 100 comics I did predominately feature quotes from men). I’d like to think I’m a bit more mature and socially aware now and I think my comics reflect that. Featuring kick-ass women on this site is even more important to me since my wife and I are expecting a baby girl in a few months, and I’d like to be able to read her these comics in the future. – Gav

01Frank Herbert – Litany Against Fear (not a woman, but the comic is about a strong woman).
Sophie Scholl – The Fire Withinmaya
Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman
Malala Yousafzai – I Have the Right

sylviaSylvia Plath – The Fig Tree
Amy Poehler – Great People Do Things Before They’re Ready

anneAnne Frank – It’s Difficult in Times Like These

rachelRachel Carson – Wonder & Excitement

janeJane Goodall – The Power of One

spiritMy Spirit is a Roaring Sea – An Action Poem

And continuing the theme of kick-ass women, a reminder that this Rising Phoenix t-shirt is only available until March 14! Get yours today.