Ohio University

Women of Color Who Paved the Way

Three canvases created by participants.

Women of Color Who Paved the Way

Women of Color Who Paved the Way: Women of the Civil Rights Movement (United States specific)

December 3, 2019

11:00AM-2:00PM (you may come and go!)

Baker 233

Women of Color Who Paved the Way: International Changemakers

February 6, 2020

11:00AM-2:00PM (you may come and go!)

Baker 240/242


We will provide pictures and biographies of women of color who have made substantial contributions to society. In the past, we have featured women from a diverse variety of background including: Maya Angelou, Tarana Burke, Shirley Chisholm, Laverne Cox, Gulabi Gang, Anita Hill, Lű Hsiu-lien, Mary Jackson, Marsha P. Johnson, Frida Kahlo, Jhumpa Lahiri, Audre Lorde, Wilma Mankiller, Fe Villanueva del Mundo, Shirin Neshat, Rosa Parks, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Mary Golda Ross, Sojourner Truth, and Malala Yousafzai.  The 2019-2020 Women of Color Who Paved the Way program is co-sponsored by Universities Libraries, who will be bringing materials from the library to help inspire participants in this event. The Women’s Center is happy to host two Women of Color Who Paved the Way events during the 2019-2020 academic year, including an opportunity for your artwork to be displayed at either the Martin Luther King Jr. Brunch on January 20, 2020 and/or displayed in the International Women’s Art Installation on April 13, 2020.  

We include with each biography suggested art techniques, potential design elements, and more. You can participate whether or not you identify as an artist. We've seen amazing contributions from those who do not identify as artists!

We know the pictures and biographies selected for each event may not be comprehensive and encourage participants to bring their own inspiration as well. Art supplies will be provided, but if you have a specific vision in mind, please bring supplies specific to your vision. 

Participants working on canvas for a Women of Color Who Paved the Way event.
Women of Color Who Paved the Way participants painting on canvases.