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Dedicated to Alice Stokes Paul.
"I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me, there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality."
Alice Paul advocated for and helped secure passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Paul next authored the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923. The ERA was introduced in every session of Congress from 1923 until it passed in 1972. In 1943, the ERA was rewritten and dubbed the “Alice Paul Amendment”.
The artwork concept is strongly tied to my own personal experience with gender inequity and those endured by others. There is much that is still needed to be said to fully confront social injustice and art can often present a summation that words do not. In this design, I share my own story of gaining a voice to speak out. It is a very emotional message for me, one that is symbolized by the heart and my felt sense of virtue and brave attitudes to firmly address the inequities we bear witness. And, the wings? When we do choose right, our hearts are free. I have been asked about the sword and how it seems too defensive, but for me it represents the summoning of my brave attitude and using powerful words to address inequality. The eye is simply a representation of being willing to see the inequality that exists for those we love and know as well as for our global female community often reported in the media, most recently and famously the #MeToo Movement — it has brought much change to society.