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Why these incredible feminist murals are appearing across London

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From Malala Yousafzai to Gloria Steinem, a series of incredible feminist murals have been unveiled across London to mark the 100th anniversary since some women voted for the first time in a General Election.

Scarlett Curtis, author of Feminists Don’t Wear Pink, teamed up with the art initiative Herstory to bring the campaign to the streets of London.

From suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, Ms. magazine co-founders Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, depicted in black and white (with one pink garment) the murals feature many female figures who have fought for women’s rights.

To date, 50 artworks of women have been put up in London as part of the project, many of which can be found in east London.

The idea for the collaboration came about after after Herstory founder Alice Wroe wrote a piece that was included in Curtis’ book, which is a collection of essays about a variety of extraordinary women.

“We wanted to include a mix of feminist icons and women who should be feminist icons but whose stories are less well known,” Curtis told The Independent.

“Women like Elizabeth I, Sojourner Truth, Emmeline Pankhurst and Sophia Duleep Singh overcame oppression at a time when everything in the world stood against women being powerful and we owe so much to them.”

Many people have already spotted the murals and have been sharing them on social media.

“It was also so important to me to have some of the greatest feminist thinkers included in our project,” she continued.

“Bell Hooks, Gloria Steinem and Audre Lorde shaped the way we talk about feminism today, especially intersectional feminism and I’m so glad we got to put them up.”

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink was published in partnership with UN charity Girl Up, which provides girls and young women around the world with leadership development training in order to make them feel confident and empowered.

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