Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Artist John Mavroudis, who recently celebrated Black History Month in a creative way, is now treating his followers on Facebook with inspiring illustrations of Historic Women throughout the month of March.
Our curiosity for this amazing body of work (and wonderful idea) prompted us to reach out to John who graciously shared some insights about his project.
“The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: “It’s a Girl.” – Shirley Chisholm
When I came to the end of Black History Month, I thought I had run the course, and then discovered that dovetailed into Women’s History Month. I posted an image and quote… one of my favorites, from Susan B. Anthony: “Men, their rights, and nothing more; Women, their rights, and nothing less.” I was going to post that and be done… I mentioned on a Facebook post that I would post a few more but might not be able to post every day. I then heard back from more than a few women who encouraged me to post every day. It got me thinking about how easy, as a male, it is to take women’s struggles for granted. How they’re slighted almost every day… and how that’s occurred throughout the history of the human race. It made me think of what kind of world I wanted for my wife and my 5-year old daughter. It wasn’t the first time I had thought about that, but for it did make me start digging into the women’s movement and reading up on some of the leaders of the Women’s Rights Movement. The Civil Rights poster I did included a lot of women who really made an impact, and I noticed that most if not all of them worked a lot on women’s rights, as well. The two movements were parallel in so many ways.
I had posted quotes during Black History Month of women synonymous with the Civil Rights movement that were aimed squarely at the rights of women. Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Mary White Ovington and many more. I then thought about how so many men would engage for the rights of others while ignoring what happens within their own homes.
I read a speech by Abigail Kelly Foster delivered in 1851 at a Women’s Rights Convention in Worcester, MA. It was powerful and moving and contained this:
“I put this before men. If we could look under and within the broadcloth and the velvet, we should find as many breaking hearts, and as many sighs and groans, and as much of mental anguish, as we find in the parlor, as we find in the nursery of any house in Worcester.”
This was not a speech that simply laid the blame on men, either. It was a sober analysis of where men and women each fell short in creating an equal and righteous society.
I started posting regularly on Facebook and Twitter. Helped by some retweets and shares (from Martina Navratilova, the great folks at Moonalice and others) it’s found a slightly wider audience.
One doesn’t need to go any farther than Twitter to see the sexism and misogyny are still rampant in our society and around the world. We’ve still got a lot of work to do. – John Mavroudis
March 1st, 2016
Probably not going to be able to do one every day… but I’ll do my best:#WomensHistoryMonth SUSAN B. ANTHONY
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“Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done.” – Susan B. Anthony
March 2nd, 2016
“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
March 3rd, 2016
“”We the People” – it is a very eloquent beginning. But when the constitution of the United States was completed… In 1787, I was not included in that “We The People.”” – Barbara Jordan
March 4th, 2016
“…You also find the woman revolutionist telling her enslaved sisters of the effort among women to attain their freedom, to gain the right to live, no according to man’s but according to their own, conception of happiness and right.” – Mary White Ovington
March 5th, 2016
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“The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation, because in the degradation of women, the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source.” – Lucretia Mott
March 6th, 2016
“I have no idea of submitting tamely to injustice… I am no advocate of passivity” – Lucretia Mott
March 7th, 2016
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” – Helen Keller
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
March 8th, 2016
“The greatest evil in our country today is…ignorance…we need to be taught to study rather than to believe.” – Septima Poinsette Clark
March 9th, 2016
https://twitter.com/ZenPopArt/status/707629352498794497 “Every child saved with my help and the help of all the wonderful secret messengers, who today are no longer living, is the justification of my existence on this earth, and not a title to glory.” – Irena Sendlerowa
March 10th, 2016
“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
March 11th, 2016
“Sexism, like racism, goes with us into the next century. I see class warfare as overshadowing both.” – Constance Baker Motley
March 12th, 2016
“Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.” – Marie Curie
March 13th, 2016
“If the first woman god ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.” – Sojourner Truth
March 14th, 2016
“I said I could and I would. And I did.” – Nellie Bly
March 15th, 2016
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart
March 16th, 2016
“I cannot guarantee to endure all times the confinements of even an attractive cage.” – Amelia Earhart
March 17th, 2016
“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.” – Dolores Huerta
March 18th, 2016
“To fly we have to have resistance.” – Maya Lin
March 19th, 2016
“For our daughters and our granddaughters, the sky is the limit. Anything is possible for them.” – Nancy Pelosi
March 20th, 2016
“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” – Ida B. Wells
March 21st, 2016
“A bird cannot fly with one wing only. Human space flight cannot develop any further without the active participation of women.” – Valentina Tereshkova
March 22nd, 2016
“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” – Aung San Suu Kyi
March 23rd, 2016
“I might have been born in a hovel but I am determined to travel with the wind and the stars.” – Jacqueline Cochran
March 24th, 2016
“Then I said I would make a machine that would fly. Hoots and derision – which did not worry me at all.” – Lilian Bland
“Fortunately ours is an age of emancipation; old fashioned conventions are slowly giving way to common sense.” – Lilian Bland
March 25th, 2016
“To the wrongs that need resistance, to the right that needs assistance, to the future in the distance, give yourselves.” – Carrie Chapman Catt
March 26th, 2016
“There are whole precincts of voters in this country whose united intelligence does not equal that of one representative american woman.” – Carrie Chapman Catt
March 27th, 2016
“I have lived too long and observed too much, to be disturbed by the world’s mockery.” – Lydia Maria Child
March 28th, 2016
“We first crush people to the earth, and then claim the right of trampling on them forever, because they are prostrate.” – Lydia Maria Child
March 29th, 2016
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” – Rachel Carson
March 30th, 2016
“Any religion which sacrifices women to the brutality of men is no religion.” – Julia Ward Howe
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Just like your “Black History” artwork this new work about Women is wonderful. Keep up the great art and coupling it with great historical figures and sayings.
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