- Created on 23 September 2014
The class of 2014 MacArthur Fellows has been announced which gives its list members $625,000 each to carry on their work. Alison Bechdel, the cartoonist and graphic memoirist, famous for the 'Bechdel Test' is one of the nine women to receive what some call the 'genius grant' to fund future projects in a way that suits them best.
Cecilia Conrad, Vice President, MacArthur Fellows Program said: "Those who think creativity is dying should examine the life’s work of these extraordinary innovators who work in diverse fields and in different ways to improve our lives and better our world. Together, they expand our view of what is possible, and they inspire us to apply our own talents and imagination."
Bechdel wasn't the only member of the LGBTQ community to win. Civil rights lawyer and legal strategist Mary Bonauto also won, making this an impressive list for women too.