Proverbs from our foremothers

In April last year, Kamee Abrahamian (@29cents) contacted me on Instagram to ask me to collaborate on a project: an illustrated collection of proverbs from Armenian women. Fast forward one year, a lot of research and dedication: our little baby is finally here with 32 pages, 13 original illustrations, and 14 quotes from 13 Armenian women such as Zabel Yesayan, Srpuhi Dussap and Shushanik Kurghinian. The little book also contains a foreword and a list of sources so you can dig deeper and learn more about the women we featured!


“We put this together because as feminists and Armenians living in the diaspora, we often find ourselves searching (digging) and yearning (desperately) to hear/feel the voices of women in our ancestry and community – not only when our struggles become unbearable, but also when we want to celebrate ourselves, our powers, our-making-of-the-impossible-possible.”

Illustrations you will find in the book:


Do you want to order yours? Contact me via e-mail (, or slide into our DMs on Instagram (@29cents or @anahitoferebuni)!

P.S.: This project is an ever-evolving, collaborative endeavor. We welcome thoughts, suggestions, and any form of support you are able to offer – so please write to us!

Learn about Srpouhi Dussap (1840-1901)

Srpouhi Dussap (1840-1901), born in Istanbul, was the first female Armenian novelist and the first writer to talk about the social struggles of Armenian women. The core of her work revolved around the unequal status of women, as well as their difficult access to education and employment.

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Serpouhi Dussap by @anahitoferebuni

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