“Women, despite their gold medal athleticism, are still objectified, sexualized, and defined by how attractive they are, not by their athletic prowess.”
In 2012, Wendy Fox created a poster depicting all the women who took home gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics. Now she’s ready to do it again, with a poster and a book dedicated to the amazing women who win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The illustrations will depict each athlete in uniform, arranged by height, with information about their sport, country, name, basic measurements, and the event for which they took home the gold.
Fox hopes these images will provide positive role models for young women, encourage funding and recognition for women in sports, celebrate physical and cultural diversity, and promote physical health and an active lifestyle. “There is way too much media emphasis on what the female body looks like,” she says. “I want this project to celebrate what the female body can do. I would love for girls to look at this project and discover a sport that’s for them, especially a sport that they didn’t know existed, and for them to make a conscious shift in what their bodies are capable of.”
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Insurgent Squeegee, Fiftieth National Bourgeois Art Exhibit, La Jolla Museum of Art, 1981
/ «This satiric poster critiques the high art world and its market base. It was originally produced as a limited edition screenprint in 1981 and then in offset for broader distribution in 1982. The “La Jolla Museum of Art” is a fictitious institution. “Insurgent squeegee” was Cushing’s screen name when in San Diego 1972-1982.» Oakland Museum of California /