empowering women art

"In women's hands" artwork by Italian artist Clara Garesio, donated to the United Nations Office

In Women’s hands, an artwork by Italian artist Clara Garesio, created specifically for the High Level panel “The Power of Empowered Women” was  donated by the delegation of the European Union on February 25 to the United Nations Office at Geneva where it will remain part of the permanent collection.

Clara Garesio created the ceramic artwork specifically for the High Level panel “The Power of Empowered Women”, an initiative of the 40 women ambassadors to the UN, aimed at showcasing the experience of engaged women from politics, business and civil society who have overcome obstacles and developed approaches to move gender equality forward.

Unveiling the work, a ceremony in the presence of UNOG Director-General Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the EU Head of Delegation Mariangela Zappia said: “It is a special day for the European Union – as we offer the very first donation to the United Nations – and it is special for me as a woman since this beautiful piece of art is about the beauty, the simplicity and strength of women as positive transformative forces of our societies.”

"Minnie" acrylic on canvas by Los Angeles artist Michelle Robinson. Connect with her Instagram: @mister_michelle, Shop: www.create-ture.com Website: www.michellizm.com

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In Memoriam

Vintage photography taken by my grandmother, Georgia S Chappell, who used the medium to document her life in Appalachia (North Carolina). The final photo is my grandmother in her plane when she flew with the Civil Air Patrol during WWII.

She inspired me to become a photographer and an artist, and her influence is integral to the woman and human being I am today. I hope her work can find the recognition and appreciation it deserves through this modern outlet. 

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UN Women: Search Engine Campaign

Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but it’s achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies spurring productivity and growth. Yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. They are too often denied access to basic education and health care.

This campaign uses the worlds most popular search engine (Google) to show how gender inequality is a worldwide problem. The adverts show the results of genuine searches, highlighting popular opinions across the world wide web.

[h/t DesignTAXI]

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Photography from the 1940’s, 50’s, and early 60’s by my grandmother, Georgia Chappell. She was an amazing photographer, who focused on her family and life in the mountains of Western North Carolina as subject matter. She never asked for or sought out acclaim in her medium, but did it only for the sake of passion and artistic drive. 

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‘GIRLS’

A POEM BY KATANA ASHBY


What are little girls made of?

Sugar and spice,

And everything nice.

That’s what little girls are made of.


From the moment a girl is born she is set on the path of pink.

That bright, ‘girly’, princess, baby, candy floss pink.

The colour of the girls and all that it means to be a girl.

A sweet treat for the eyes, covered in sparkly, frilly, lacey, ‘cute’ fabric designs.

To be a girl dripping in the idea of pink!

Little girls so sweet, packaged up in a silky PINK bow.


The pink life is not just pink, it is princess, damsel, beauty, youth.

Baby doll, fashion doll, dress me up I look like a doll.

Passive dolls, passive looks.

“I’ll dress you up to look like me” and now I want to look like you.


Children learn through play and what do girls play?

We go to the toy store to choose our toy’s, lets go to the girls bit the pink bit, thats our bit.

I have a choice, whats my choice?

A doll! Baby doll, fashion doll.

Mother, model, carer, giver.

Oh wait what about a cooker!


But you CAN play with the ‘boy’ toys now…

In pink.

Now its a girls toy.

Keep those gender binaries in check.

Girl equals pink, Check!  

Pink scooter, pink bike, pink skates.

Lets drive like a girl, run like a girl, fight like a girl.

You fight like a girl.

They said, insult, girl, weaker, lesser.


But girls have power, pink power, girl power, Em, erm, mmm powered?

Your looks, your hook, lined and sunk.

Go look, go back, to the pink aisle.

Get the look, the book, it will tell you how to be a good girl.

Remember the doll, your doll, you dressed up and made the star of your fantasy world, the passive doll, the mannequin.

Look at the mannequin, a fashion doll, a lifestyle choice, a choice?

Slim pickings, slim, slim, slim.


Thats the image, that pink image the one you’ve been fed…

But don’t eat.

These are the sizes.

You have to fit the size.

Theres only one right size, they’ll show you what it is.

Its the one on the tele, in the music video, on the front cover.

The one that was on your pink princess duvet cover.


We are shown minimal coverage of options that should be endless.

Women referred to as girls are minimally covered.

Flesh, bodies, parts, fragments.

Each measured to a bar set to unattainable perfection.

But its fair game, expect it, theres a market for it.

Its a market, sex sells, we sell, you buy.

Sex, women, girls.


Appealing to desire, whose desire?

The hetrosexual, traditional scene is set.

We want to be ‘feminine’ attractive, to attract, thats human nature to attract.

Not to be told what is attractive.

You need to fit a mould, fit the mould, the mainstream pink cookie cutter mould.

To be sweet; and spice and everything nice.


Girl, a female child.

We want to be called girl?

Girl means young, youth is beauty.

So were told.

To be a youthful child, naive, vulnerable, needing to be looked after.

Damsel.  

Not women, who is adult, in control.


We have a choice.

We’re told its a choice.

It is not a choice!

It will only be a choice, when we are shown, can have, and live all of the options.

Just the way we wish.

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Women in Art 278 Magazine's January 2014 Issue. 

If you are a woman in the arts and want to submit artwork to the magazine visit www.ART278.org or www.facebook.com/ART278.org

Deadline for the upcoming issue is March 12, 2015

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