We’ve reached the final post of our women’s words and art series. Today’s postcards are just as empowering and inspiring as the previous posts.
Talking back to the ideology that a woman’s place is in the kitchen or bedroom, this art speaks volumes:
A woman’s place is in the resistance.
I “designed” my own postcard featuring Hillary Clinton’s “famous” phrase a few years ago:
Women’s rights are human rights. –Hilary Clinton, from her speech at the United Nations Fourth Conference on Women, Beijing China
And from [my forever] First Lady of the United States, the timeless instruction our mothers instilled in us when we were children–to never, ever stoop to “their” level:
When they go low, we go high. –Michelle Obama, Democratic National Convention, 2016
Reinterpreting Reinhold Niebuhr’s “Serenity Prayer,” Angela Davis‘ oft-repeated declaration is another call to become agents of change.
I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept. –Angela Davis
Even though I want more, more, more revolutionary art, Davis’s quote provides an apt ending. After all, women’s issues can’t be resolved with pretty words and lettering. We’ve got to get up and do something too!
Some of us are traditional activists. We don’t mind taking to the streets and marching or sitting in. Some use writing–letters, poems, opinion pieces, books. Some use art. Some use social media and phone calls. Some choose to approach change through the way we rear our sons and daughters. It all works–as long as the goal is to cultivate a world that does not stifle or limit women’s and girls’ rights, full participation or agency.
Let’s get to work!