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Need a Woman Card? The Wahls Siblings Have You Covered

Ben Kieffer
Iowa Public Radio
Zebby and Zach Wahls


When Donald Trump made the comment that Hillary Clinton's only card was "the woman card," Clinton took up the mantle.

"If fighting for women's healthcare and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in."

Two Iowan siblings took it a bit more literally. Zach and Zebby Wahls are creating a deck of playing cards celebrating prominent women in American history. They launched a Kickstarter yesterday afternoon in the hopes of gaining $5,000 in 30 days.

It took three and a half hours.

"It's a good illustration of the double bind, how difficult it is for women no matter what they do. Because of the restrictions that are placed, if she talks about gender, she's breaking the rules, if she doesn't talk about gender, she's breaking the rules. I hope that this project is not explicitly just about Donald Trump or partisan politics, but that it is about the importance of acknowledging everything that women have done in this country.


To that end, the women depicted on the cards are not strictly from the political realm. In addition to Clinton as the Ace of Hearts, Beyonce is the Queen of Diamonds.

"Something that was really really important in choosing these women is wanting to reflect America, we wanted to include a very diverse group of women in a diverse group of fields, with a diverse group of interests and really be able to just represent America in that way," says Zebby.

More information can be found at thewomancards.com.

Also on the program: Joyce Russell on the legislative session's last days, Tony Gaughan on bar liability in the wake of the wrong-way car crash in Des Moines, Heather Young on her family's path with Medicaid privatization, Padmini Srinivasan on Twitter and happiness, and Mark Minear on men's mental health.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River