Women’s Work: To Work On Making What Is Wrong Right

Gail Jerauld Bos

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Violence Transformed Library Series, 2019
Boston Public Library, Connolly Branch

Gail Jerauld Bos, solo artist/activist

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

Library 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

Curator: Gloria Carrigg

This installation is sponsored by Violence Transformed

About the Exhibition

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

~Marian Wright Edelman

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.

Image Gallery

Women Commemorated in the Exhibition

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

Artist Bio

Gail Bos is a prominent member of the Cambridge Art Association, the Jamaica Plain Arts Council and the Monotype Guild of New England. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries and art spaces throughout Massachusetts including Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Lowell and Wellfleet. Her work is in the permanent collections of the DeCordova Museum Board of Trustees, and the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission.