Yesterday, being able to march in the second Women’s March with my mother and daughter and a group of incredible like-minded women, I feel re-energized and empowered to do what I can to help make this country the best one it can be for my kids.
But as much as I’m thinking of the future, I’m honoring the past.
There were endless signs from marchers featuring powerful images and quotes from so many diverse women through US history whose shoulders we stand on today: Audre Lorde, Maxine Waters, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Beyonce Knowles, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dolores Huerta, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis… it’s really quite profound when you put them all together.
So I was truly moved when I discovered this stunning illustration by artist Shyama Golden. She created it as an editorial illustration for the Washington Post to commemorate the first anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March, and it features dozens of US women, past (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks) and present (Elizabeth Warren, Laverne Cox, Sonia Sotomayor, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard) who have all put themselves on the line in their own way to create positive change.
Can you identify them all? It’s actually great if you can’t — I know I can’t. And what better excuse to sit down with your kids and start googling names.
(Her website offers some help, by the way.)
Clearly I’m not the only one who’d love to own this print for my home, or to hang in my girls’ room, which is why she’s just made the Women’s March commemorative artwork available for purchase in her Society 6 shop as a print, a tote, or a t-shirt. Though I’m putting in a vote for a kid-sized tee, and a phone case so I can start at her beautiful artwork more often.
Inspiration for days.
Shop the incredible artwork from Shyama Golden at her Society 6 shop, and visit her site for more of her illustrations. CMP is an rstyle affiliate.
h/t Jeannine Harvey