Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Created by Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Artists: Ryan O’M. and Ryan O.

Title: Wangari Maathai – Green Belt Movement

Teacher: Mrs. Anechiarico

Theme: Equality

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint on canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes! The 6th grade boys working on this women’s rights themed art project did research and found her, worked up a sketch, transferred idea to final canvas, and painted in acrylic paint. The boys chose her because they felt it important to recognize her for her contributions as they too felt these issues are important to them.

About: Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) was a Kenyan environmental and political activist, who founded the Green Belt Movement which promoted environmental conservation and women’s rights. She was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.
She began by suggesting to rural women to stop soil erosion by planting trees, which led to a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, also leading to defending human rights and fighting government injustice. She was elected as Member of Parliament and served as Assistant Minister for Environment and Natural Resources.

Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Created by Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Artists: Cara, Sarah, Meera, Isabella, Nicole, Kalyna

Title: Coco Chanel revolutionizes clothes for comfort and beauty

Teacher: Mrs. Anechiarico

Theme: Equality

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint on canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? YES! The 6th grade classes were very excited to collaborate, and were eager to have a project that would be seen, and even the boys in class embraced this idea to support and educate others on the importance of the rights of their mothers, sisters, and someday THEIR daughters. Women’s Rights are Human Rights.

About: The idea behind using Coco Chanel for a woman’s rights themed art project was to visually communicate the fact that prior to Chanel’s clothes; women wore clothes constricting the body, like a corset for example, so movement itself was slow, difficult or painful. Her idea that women could wear pants was revolutionary, and her making them for the masses to purchase was shocking, and her making them fashionable, desirable and comfortable was a bold step in the early part of the last century. Women making clothes, or women in mass, relaxing constraints of fixed ideas of what women wear led to women participating more fully in all aspects of life.

Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Created by Westlake Middle School, Thornwood, NY

Artists: Gary, Tommy, Jhon, Kyle, Nick

Title: Title IX: Educational Amendment that Prohibits discrimination Against Women and Girls in Federally Funded Education

Teacher: Mrs. Anechiarico

Theme: Equality

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint on canvas.

Did you enjoy this project? The 6th grade boys loved working on this project trying to get a likeness of their favorite player, and they all agreed on – Alex Morgan. I was very pleased when the guys in class were so very enthusiastic about a women’s rights themed art project.

About: This group of 6th grade boys loves soccer and admires top female athletes, and watches women’s soccer. What gives females the right to participate and have funds set aside and have the same opportunities boys and mane have? Title IX is an Education Amendment passed in 1972, but not implemented nor enforced till the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988. It prohibits discrimination in federally funded education including athletic programs. Still, hundreds of lawsuits and complaints have been filed because women’s school and college teams are still cut, not upgraded to proper varsity status, and women coaches do not receive equal pay. After college, women athletes still do not receive equal pay, despite bringing in more ticket sales to major events and in some cases and winning more titles.