Abigail Gray Swartz Creates Artwork for The New Yorker
In honor of the Women’s March that took place last month, The New Yorker took a stand with this month’s cover and put a re-imagined Rosie the Riveter on the cover. Posed just like the old posters of Rosie the Riveter during World War II, the February cover features a new Rosie as a woman of color who is sporting one of the pink “pussy hats” that have become symbolic of the women’s movement.
The artwork was created by Abigail Gray Swartz, a Maine native and artist who took the trip to march in Alberta on January 21st. Inspired by the event and others like it all over the world, Abigail created this new Rosie the Riveter and sent the piece in to The New Yorker, expecting no response back.To her surprise, they contacted her shortly after asking to put her painting on the cover. Swartz posted on her Instagram sharing the cover photo saying “I’m still pinching myself” and reminded us that she is an everyday woman just like the rest of us.
In an interview with Huffington Post, she spoke about the way the pussy hat has become a symbol of the women’s movement and even more so of women’s history. She compared the hats to those knit by women during WWII for the male soldiers at war. They were knitting to support them then and now with these hats we are both literally and symbolically knitting for our own war, for ourselves.
She went on to explain that the hats brought unity to the movement before the march even took place. It became a universal symbol of the Women’s March and of girl power. Her painting too, seems as if it will become just as important of a symbol.
Abigail spoke about the need for inclusivity she made sure to work into her painting saying, “If we are going to get anywhere as a movement, we must be united and that also means accepting all forms of feminism.” We completely agree.
Abigail Gray Swartz could not have painted a better picture for the Women’s Movement and we are so proud to have it as a part of our story. She reminded us with this over that it only takes one person, one powerful piece of art, and one voice to effect change. We can’t thank her enough for that empowering reminder.