Women’s Work: To Work on Making What is Wrong Right | Boston Public Library 2019

Opening Reception and TOTEM Workshop: Saturday, April 20, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon


Exhibition Dates:

March 1-April 24, 2019
Opening Reception and TOTEM Workshop:
Saturday, April 20, 10 AM-12 Noon


Boston Public Library
Connolly Branch
433 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Installation Viewing Hours:
Monday: 12-8 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 10 AM- 6PM
Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 2 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

For information call 617-522-1960


Gloria Carrigg, Exhibition Curator

Gail Jerauld Bos, Totem (installation detail)

“You are not obligated to win, you’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.”    

~Marian Wright Edelman


An installation by Violence Transformed Artist


This installation currently on view at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library is a field of powerful women represented by painted totems; a series of pine boards measuring 24-36" high x 4-6" wide. Each designed pine board represents a woman and her work. Corresponding portraits and short descriptions accompany the totems, each one honoring a brave woman. Some of these women made contributions long ago. Others are working today. All worked under the threat of violence, were beaten, or imprisoned. Many you will not recognize; their names ignored by history. But their work has had powerful consequences. And those consequences have reverberated around the world.

Totems in the installation commemorate:

Leymah Gbowee
Liberian Peace Activist

Sampat Pal Devi
Founder of Pink Sari Brigade in India

Emma Gonzalez
Florida High School Student, “March For Our Lives”

Germaine Greer
Influential feminist of the 20th century Australia

Pauline Tangiora
New Zealand Maori elder peacemaker

Tarana Burke
USA, “Me Too” Movement

La Donna Brave Bull Allard
Activist against Dakota Access Pipe Line

Patrisse Cullors, Marian W. Edelman,
Ida B. Wells
Black Men’s Lives Matter

Malala Yousafzal
Pakistan, Nobel Peace Prize, Education for Girls

Jakeline Romero Epiays
Leader of Columbia’s largest indigenous group

Migrating Women
Leaving the world’s danger spots with their children

Alma Gomez
Anti-femicide campaigner in Mexico

Junko Tabei
Japanese mountain climber and first woman to reach summit of Mt. Everest

Rosalind Franklin:
Forgotten woman who discovered double helix structure of DNA

Patricia Bath
Ignoring racial prejudice, she invented lazer probe for cataract surgery

Image Gallery by Gloria Carrigg:


This installation is sponsored by Violence Transformed.