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Feminism & Graphic Expression

Design for social change and specifically feminism, the struggle for women’s rights, has been, and remains a catalyst for women’s liberation. Women have used graphics to empower and voice their beliefs since the first wave of feminism, the suffragettes, to the women’s liberation movement of the 60’s and 70’s, and the activist groups today, otherwise known as the third wave. All the movements have a common bond: to improve the lives of women and transform all of society. Feminists came together to promote women’s rights using print, posters, and propaganda. The suffrage, workers, and women’s revolutionary movements were international. Sound familiar? The recent Women’s March in Washington ,D.C. and sister marches were global and so were the graphics. In 2017, women still do not have equal rights in the United States Constitution. Women use design to communicate their voice, exchange information, and fight for feminism with a plethora of visual language. For more information about the history of design surrounding feminism check out the book Suffragettes to She Devils by Liz McQuiston. If you want to take action to pass the equal rights amendment click the link to do some easy steps to join the movement.