Martina Navrátilová

Source: Czech Centres / FDULSSource: Czech Centres / FDULS

One of the most successful female tennis players of all time, who emigrated from Communist Czechoslovakia to the USA in the 1970s. For many years she was the world number one in women's singles and doubles, winning 59 Grand Slam tournaments. She speaks openly about her lesbian sexual orientation.

The illustrated project Czech Heroines was inspired by the centenary of voting rights for Czech women and the 200th anniversary of the birth of the prominent Czech writer Božena Němcová. It is a joint project by the Czech Centres, the Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia and Radio Prague International.