In support of International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8th, Squint Opera design company has created a series of conceptual images imagining how London could be transformed by giant statues of positive female role models. Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, writer and women's rights activist; and Ada Lovelace, brilliant mathematician and the world's first computer programmer, are a few of the incredible women who could be honoured with giant effigies around London.
The idea behind this project is to pay tribute to the amazing women who helped to shape modern culture and society; women who have so often been overlooked or pushed to the sidelines while male counterparts have been honoured instead. Without Ada, computer programming as it exists today might never exist, while Mary’s Frankenstein inspired generations of writers, filmmakers, poets, and artists. These pieces also give a nod to female architects, designers, and landscape architects/artists, who don’t receive nearly enough recognition for the work that they do.
In addition to the giant female sculptures, Squint Opera also envisioned a bridge across the Thames river between Dagenham and Thamesmead shaped like a giant sewing machine: this pays homage to the Ford Sewing Machinist’s Strike of 1968, where female sewing machinists walked out in protest demanding equal wages, leading to passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970.
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