STATUES FOR EQUALITY - An Art Project that will change the world
Gillie and Marc are famous international artists In 2018 the artists will be installing 8 life-size bronze sculptures of powerful women in New York City as a public art exhibition. This will be deemed as the largest gender equality art project.
By: Gillie and Marc
gender inequality to surface as one of the most critical issues facing Americans today. The marginalization of women in public art illustrates how serious the situation really is. In New York City, there are 22 sculptures in Central Park alone, and hundreds more throughout the city – of these, only 2% depict real women.
Art is a representation of history, and the public understands that sculptures portray figures deemed important to society.
With the vast majority of sculptures being men, we are in essence saying that the role played by women is insignificant.
"We are shocked and ashamed to see this measure of inequality taking place in 2017," expressed Marc, "The marginalization of women in public art points to a larger, more blaring issue."
In 2016, the United States dropped to 45th place on the Global Gender Gap Index (World Economic Forum). How can a country, which is an emblem for democracy and economic power around the world, score so low?
For once, women only earn 80 cents to every dollar earned by men (this number is even lower at 63 cents for black women). To catch up in wages, she will need to work 12 additional years (National Women's Law Centre).
Gillie and Marc think it's more important than ever to end sculpture misogyny, and are calling on the public and America's leading organisations to stand with them in the face of adversity!
"We are launching the Statues for Equality, with the mission of changing the imbalance of female representation in public art. Marc and I are creating a powerful sculpture circle of 8 amazing American women living today, and touring it across
New York City next year," said Gillie.
Do you think women's place in history is important? The artists are conducting a vote to decide which 8 women to feature in the first edition of their Statues for Equality campaign! They've set-up a Facebook poll with a list that's been narrowed
down to 15 incredible leaders.
They're calling on YOU to choose the woman you want to see recreated in bronze to change the world!
"To see positive strides in gender equality, it is crucial that the gap is closed between the number of male and female sculptures in the country," said Gillie.
Sculptures inspire. They express a story of achievement that can motivate generations. If people are shown women as role models, it will in effect change biases, aspirations, and perceptions about women in leadership and in life.