This deck is great, but let’s talk about the creation story behind it.
The Kickstarter account is registered to Zach Wahls, and so my first reaction was, who is this dude making woman cards? Well, the account is actually Zach and his sister Zebedia together, she’s an artist and he’s an Iowa state senator. Really. How cool is that? And they were raised (right!) by two moms.
They started off during the 2016 presidential campaign with a deck called, The Woman Card[s], celebrating women leaders, and the campaign raised over $150k. Next was Girl Power, and finally is this deck, Women of STEM. About $200k in total: not bad.
This is a beautiful deck and I love lots of things about it. First and foremost, it introduced me to Chien-Shiung Wu, also know as the Queen of Nuclear Research. I had no idea. At their best, custom decks like this can not only entertain, but also inspire some curiosity and maybe spark some conversation. Although you might know some of the women featured, you probably won’t know them all.
The deck itself is a regular mode deck with one-way backs and fronts. Which, honestly, I’m not in love with that format, as it makes me want to spent too much time re-arranging my cards while playing. Also a bit challenging for me, the fact that there are 13 pictures, meaning that the Q of ❤️♦️♣️♠️ are all Chien-Shiung Wu.
There’s an opportunity to include more women than that, of course, and I appreciate that the work would have been 4x and who knows if it would have improved the Kickstarter results. Maybe this dynamic duo has more planned?
The tuck is completely gorgeous. Gold and silver circuit boards on the front, crazy symbols on the back (hi, Freemasons) with a fun little binary puzzle on the flap. A beautiful gold pattern decorates the inside.
You can pick these up over at The Woman Card[s] Shopify site where (as of this writing) they’re on sale for $14.99. (My Kickstarter cost per deck was $16 each, so $14.99 is a good price.). You can find their decks here and there around the internet, including Girl Power on The Outrage, which benefits Planned Parenthood.
These are printed by Liberty Playing Card Company, which as far as I can tell, is part of the Gambler’s Warehouse and PlayingCards.net amalgamated group. Interesting to see how people are building up models like this.