Real-Life Legends - 50 women to grow up with in Israel
Self-Initiated by Hameriza


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Real-Life Legends is an illustrated childrens book about 50 inspiring women in Israel. It is a self-initiated project by Tal Maimon, Ella Moscovitz and myself (Hameriza).

We published the book so that the next generations could draw inspiration from real life role models and learn from their examples when they grow up to make their own dreams come true.

Lea Nikel by Chen Winer

Locality is key

A celebration of local feminist history, the book offers young readers a diverse range of real-life heroines to relate to - in their own language, and from familiar places. All 50 women were born in or immigrated to Israel, from the late 19th century to present day.

‘Real-life Legends’ came together from a crowdfunding campaign in which over a thousand people supported us, and contributed hundreds of names to be considered to make it into the book. Many factors guided the choice - a significant achievement, a challenging way of life, an interesting personal story, and the desire to create a book with a variety of voices from Israel's society and history. 

The book is a multi-participant collaboration of local creatives. Written by the award-winning author Shoham Smith, the stories are accompanied by illustrations from 50 local artists and edited by Yael Molchadsky; editor in chief of children's and YA literature at ‘Kinneret Zmora Dvir Publishers’. Art direction, design and production was done by us, Hameriza.

Two years in the making, Real-Life Legends was published in April 2019 and became a bestseller within 4 weeks. It has raised great interest from local press and media, and most importantly it stirred a public debate about how important is the exposure to real role models, especially feminine ones, early in childhood.

Rudolphina Menzel by Niv Tishbi

Henrietta Szold by Aya Tlashir

Haviva Reik & Hannah Szenes by Or Yogev

Lea Goldberg by Einat Tsarfati

Dana International by Noa Snir

Moran Samuel by Alon Braier

From the book launch - some of the women featured in the book and the creators of the project