“I am not here because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty....My responsibility is to tell the truth.” —Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
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The National Sexual Assault hotline saw a 200% increase in calls on the day of the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing. Thank you, Dr. Ford for your bravery. Your vulnerability is powerful and makes a difference for so many. (I paint this one for my young daughter.)
"We need to turn the question around to look at the harasser, not the target. We need to be sure that we can go out and look anyone who is a victim of harassment in the eye and say, 'You do not have to remain silent anymore." —Anita Hill
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Anita Hill (b.1956) is an American attorney and academic. She is a university professor of social policy, law, and women's studies at Brandeis University. She became a national figure in 1991 when she accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, her supervisor, of sexual harassment. he was nominated and voted in anyway.
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” —Gloria Steinem
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Gloria Steinem (b 1934) is a social activist, writer, editor, and lecturer who has been an outspoken champion of women's rights since the late 1960s.
"Being a refugee is not a choice. Our choice is to risk death or die at home trying to escape." —Yusra Mardini
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“We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.” Anne Lamott
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Anne Lamott (b. 1954)is a novelist and non-fiction writer and essayist whose autobiographical themes are truth, humanity, spiritual transformation, alcoholism, single parenting, families, and politics....among others. And always with a fantastic sense of humor.
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”—Rosa Parks
Civil Rights Activist
Rosa Parks (1913–2005) was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger, spurring the Montgomery boycott and other efforts to end segregation. The US Congress called her “the First Lady of Civil Rights.”
Sister Corita Kent
"Art does not come from thinking but from responding." -Sister Corita Kent
8x10” Acryla-gouache on Paper $300
Artist, Educator, Activist, Nun
Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. At age 18 she entered the religious order Immaculate Heart of Mary, eventually teaching in and then heading up the art department at Immaculate Heart College. Her work evolved from figurative and religious to incorporating advertising images and slogans, popular song lyrics, biblical verses, and literature. Throughout the ‘60s, her work became increasingly political, urging viewers to consider poverty, racism, and injustice. In 1968 she left the order and moved to Boston. After 1970, her work evolved into a sparser, introspective style, influenced by living in a new environment, a secular life, and her battles with cancer. She remained active in social causes until her death in 1986. At the time of her death, she had created almost 800 serigraph editions, thousands of watercolors, and innumerable public and private commissions.
Septima Poinsette Clark
“I believe unconditionally in the ability of people to respond when they are told the truth. We need to be taught to study rather than believe, to inquire rather than to affirm.” —Septima Poinsette Clark
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Educator, Civil Rights Activist
Septima Poinsette Clark (1893-1987) was an African-American teacher and civil rights activist who set up citizenship schools for disenfranchised African Americans in the 1950s and 60s. Here, they were taught to read and write so they could pass the literacy tests required by southern states to register to vote. The citizenship schools began to spread through the south, and were adopted by Martin Luther King Jr’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1961. As a result, many began to take control of their lives and discover their full rights as citizens. Septima’s 40 years of teaching experience and her own struggles and triumphs of finding work as a black teacher in the south equipped her to design an education program that changed the course of history…and empowered many African Americans to take control of their lives and discover their full rights as citizens. She became known as the “Queen mother” or “Grandmother” of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
“I do not want to die... until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me, until the last small twig has grown.”
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Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) was a German Expressionist artist, who worked with drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Her works depict the effects of poverty, hunger, and war on the working class. She is Germany’s most celebrated female artist.
“I think it is an innate quality that Indians have to dance. They dance when they are happy, they dance when they are sad. They dance when they get married, they dance when someone dies.”—Maria Tallchief
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Maria Tallchief (1925-2013) was a Native American ballerina. In a field dominated by Russian dancers, Maria danced her way through racial and cultural barriers to become one of the country’s leading ballerinas from the 1940 to 1960s —and one of the only Native Americans She became America’s first prima ballerina at the New York City Ballet, and held that title for 13 years, touring the world and becoming an international star. When she was older, she turned to teaching, founding and becoming artistic director of the Chicago City Ballet. She was widely praised through her life for her precision and musicality, something that she always attributed to her Osage heritage.
“The air is the only place free from prejudice.”— Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman (1892 – 1926) was an American civil aviator. She was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first woman of Native American descent to hold a pilot license. She was also the first person of African American and Native American descent to hold an international pilot license. Bessie would only perform if the crowds were desegregated and entered thru the same gates.
“ If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” -MOTHER TERESA
Nun and Humanitarian
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was an Albanian Roman-Catholic nun who committed her life to the service of the poor in Calcutta, India. In 1950, she founded of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women who have taken a vow to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor” and minister to (in Teresa’s own words) “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.” Considered one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in 2016.
“But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.” —Jane Austen
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Writer and Novelist
Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) was an English novelist, who’s work depicted middle class British life at the beginning of the 19th century. Her strong-willed and independent female characters have to navigate a world in which they are expected to marry in order to have a place in respectable society. Though her novels were not very popular when Jane was alive, they have become timeless classics, rarely out of print for the last 200 years. And though she only published six books, she is considered one of the most influential novelists of all time.
“Struggle is a never ending process. freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.” —Coretta Scott King
8x10” Gouache on Paper $325
Civil Rights Activist
Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) was an important Civil Rights activist and the wife/widow of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. After his death, she continued to eloquently advocate for non-violence and equal rights for all people, regardless of race or gender. She has been called the First Lady of Civil Rights.
You can hear some of her own powerful words on this podcast.
Artist’s note: After the emboldened white supremacist march and attack over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, I want to make a statement against racism. But Coretta’s words speak stronger than mine could. We can’t just rest on our laurels and think everything should be fine because others have fought the fight before us….It’s our generation’s responsibility to fight against hatred and bigotry too. Obviously, these things don’t just go away.
“She quietly expected great things to happen to her, and no doubt that’s one of the reasons why they did.” -Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948) Author, poet, dancer, painter, socialite, and (according to her husband, F. Scott) “the first American Flapper.”
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Author, Poet, Dancer, Painter, Socialite
Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948) Author, poet, dancer, painter, socialite, and (according to her husband, F. Scott) “the first American Flapper.”
"Don't tell me women are not the stuff of heroes."
Qiu Jin (1875–1907) was a Chinese writer & poet, a strong-willed feminist who is considered a national hero in China. She was well educated, and used her writing skills to be impassion other women to rise up to their equal rights. She is considered "China's First Feminist."
"Truth is powerful and it prevails." —Sojourner Truth
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Abolitionist and Women's Rights Activist
Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) was an outspoken Abolitionist and Human Rights Activist. She was born into slavery, but she escaped with her baby daughter after her owner reneged on his promise to emancipate her. Her other children stayed behind. Soon after, Sojourner found out that her owner had illegally sold her five year old son. Sojourner took the case to court and won. This was one of the first times a black woman successfully challenged a white man in the US courts.
Over the years, Sojourner became a strong advocate for both civil rights and women's rights, and toured with other speakers at conventions around the country. In her most famous speech, "Ain't I Woman," she sought political equality for all women.not just black men.