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Student mural honors women then and now

Filed in Student Spotlight by on March 10, 2020

mural featuring eight prominent women

Since the 1980s, the month of March has been recognized as Women’s History Month in the United States. Here at BC, women’s history has been at the forefront all year long thanks to the artistic talents of senior Eliza Whalen, whose mural “Passion is Power,” can be seen at the crossroads of the main foyer at the high school.

The mural features women role models from diverse backgrounds who have made significant contributions in a variety of areas.

Whalen chose to represent an artist, a philosopher, a writer, musicians, scientists and political activists. Included are:

  • Katherine Johnson (black mathematician critical to the success of the first NASA manned space flights);
  • Simone de Beauvoir (French philosopher and author known as a pioneer of women’s rights);
  • Frida Kahlo (Mexican artist who explored themes of cultural identity);
  • Malala Yousafzi (Pakistani female education activist and Nobel Prize laureate);
  • Ella Fitzgerald (black singer who paved the way for black female jazz singers);
  • Audrey Hepburn (fashion icon, humanitarian, actress);
  • Maya Angelou (renowned black poet, singer, activist, writer); and
  • Buffalo Calf Road Woman (Native American warrior).

Art supervisor Melanie Painter said every year, the art department invites students to create murals for community service.

“All of the women depicted in the mural were able to take their passion and use it to transform the world,” said Ms. Painter. “Ms. Whalen wants her mural to encourage female students or anyone facing adversity to pursue what they love and to remind us that our own passion has the potential to change the world.”