Girls Are Strong

Dimensions: 60 x 36 inches

Technique:  Hand dye-painted, machine quilted 

Material:  100% cotton fabric, polyester/wool batting, polyester threads

Artist Statement:

"Girls Are Strong" is a tribute to my mother Merry Lou Foster Shaw who fought tirelessly for the Equal Rights Amendment when I was growing up. I accompanied her as she went to rallies in Philadelphia and Washington, DC where we marched and she gave speeches.

The names in the background are the names of the 112 females in our family. These are just a few whose lives have been affected by Merry Lou. I don't believe that today's younger generation of women realizes that many of the rights they have are because of women like my mother. 

Women are the 51% minority in the United States and the Equal Rights Amendment has never passed.