One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.
- Barbara Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996)
She was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives.
Happy March, and happy Women’s History Month! This month, as I’ve done for the last two years, I’ll be posting a new woman illustrator every day here on the blog. I can’t believe this is the third year running that I’ve done this, and it’s something I look forward to doing every year.
I wanted to start today with an artist that I recently came across, who created the iconic suffrage poster above. Bertha M. Boyé (1883-1931) was a San Fraancisco-native illustrator and sculptor.
Boyé was born in Oakland and raised in San Francisco. She attended the California School of Design, where she received awards of merit and scholarships for her work in life drawing and composition, but her professional work focused mainly on sculpture and “decoration” or illustration. She reated illustrations for books such as A Mother Goose for Lovers’ Use, a series of rhymes based on Mother Goose (1912), and Dotty Seaweed (1909), a children’s book about a mermaid. ) Finding examples of her work other than this iconic poster has proved extremely difficult; at first I assumed she had not pursued professional art past this one published piece, but her story has much more to it.