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Deal Me In!’ Iconic Women in History Get Their Own ‘Woman Card’

Sylvia Rivera drawing made by Zebby Wahls for The Woman Card[s]. Zebby Wahls / The Woman Card[s]

When Donald Trump told supporters at a rally earlier this year that his Democratic rival was "playing the woman's card," Hillary Clinton quickly shot back. "If fighting for women's healthcare and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in," she said.

The war of words between the two presidential hopefuls spawned a slew of clever tweets, memes and even official Clinton campaign gear. And now, a deck of playing cards celebrating iconic women in history can be added to the list.

The Woman Card[s] deck includes portraits of 15 notable women, among them Harriet Tubman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Beyoncé and LGBTQ icons Ellen DeGeneres, Sylvia Rivera and Sally Ride.

"We wanted a deck that reflected the diversity of America," Zach Wahls, co-creator of The Woman Card[s], told NBC OUT.

Zach and Zebby Wahls, co-creators of The Woman Card[s] Zach Wahls / The Woman Card[s]

Wahls came up with the idea along with his sister Zebby. They used Kickstarter to raise money for the project, and their campaign was a massive success.

"Our Kickstarter campaign raised $150,003, or more than 3,000 percent of our original goal of $5,000," Wahls said. "To date, more than 10,000 decks and 750 prints have been ordered by nearly 5,000 backers and customers."

Each card was designed by Zebby Wahls, who is currently a B.F.A student at University of Iowa. "My sister crushed it," said Zach Wahls. "The artwork, the design of the box, every single detail started with her."

Ellen DeGeneres drawing made by Zebby Wahls for The Woman Card[s]. Zebby Wahls / The Woman Card[s]

Narrowing down the list of iconic women to 15 was a daunting task, according to Wahls.

"At first we were thinking women across the world and all of history, which would have been impossible, so we decided to focus on American women for the first edition," he said.

The women selected for the deck were given card designations based on numbers that corresponded to significant details in their biographies.

"Sylvia Rivera, she transitioned when she was 10 years old, so she's the number 10," Wahls explained. "Sally Ride, our youngest astronaut ever, she went to space twice, so she's the two," he added.

Wahls, an LGBTQ advocate best known for a 2011 YouTube video talking about his two moms that went viral, told NBC OUT it was "very important" to him and his sister to include LGBTQ icons in The Woman Card[s].

Sally Ride drawing made by Zebby Wahls for The Woman Card[s]. Zebby Wahls / The Woman Card[s]

"They made huge contributions that we wanted to recognize," he explained. He said he and his sister chose Sally Ride because she "broke barriers in the final frontier," Ellen DeGeneres because she "broke barriers in entertainment" and Sylvia Rivera because she "threw one of the first bricks at Stonewall."

If your favorite iconic woman isn't represented in The Woman Card[s], don't worry just yet. Wahls said the next batch "could potentially include a unique woman for each card."

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