The artist painted a series of monochrome portraits of women heroes of the Soviet Union and dedicated them to the 75th anniversary of the Victory.
For the first time, women were awarded the title of hero of the Soviet Union before the great Patriotic war. in 1938, pilots Valentina Grizodubova, Polina Osipenko and Marina Raskova were awarded for making a non-stop flight from Moscow to the far East on the Rodina plane.
The first female wartime hero of the Soviet Union was 18-year-old partisan Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya. She was awarded the highest degree of distinction by decree of February 16, 1942.
Soviet women made an invaluable contribution to the victory over fascism. More than six hundred thousand representatives of the fair sex fought at the front on a par with men. Each of them has an amazing story about courage and heroism.
During the war, 95 women became heroes of the Soviet Union, more than half-posthumously.
The post-war period gave the world two more female names among the heroes of the USSR: Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman to conquer space, and Svetlana Savitskaya, who became the first woman to go into outer space.