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20 Vibrant Lesser-Known Murals Celebrating Women In San Francisco

By Jamie Ferrell

20 Vibrant Lesser-Known Murals Celebrating Women In San Francisco

Happy International Women’s Day!

March is Women’s History Month, and we’ve been celebrating by honoring prominent Bay Area women such as Vice President Kamala Harris and San Francisco Mayor London Breed. We’ve also found some incredible murals showcasing the female history-makers of yesterday and today, such as the women of the Black Panther Party and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman.

But as any SF resident knows, there are thousands of murals hidden around the city, ranging from pop-art style graffiti to realistic portraits. The street artists of San Francisco never disappoint, and we rounded up 20 lesser-known murals that celebrate iconic female figures around the City.

Thanks to the Instagram account @streetpixel for providing these awesome photos for us. We couldn’t have done it without them! Be sure to follow their account for awesome pics of San Francisco street art, and click on any of the images below to see their original post on Instagram.

Due to the constantly changing nature of the SF street art scene, keep in mind that any of these murals may have been painted over or changed.

Be sure to tag us in any new ones you find with #MySecretSF on Instagram!

“Soldadera” by Mark Martin

Dedicated to the women soldiers of the Mexican Revolution.

๐Ÿ“ Clarion Alley

 

“Rose of No Mans Land” by Holly Ellis.

Inspired by a motif honoring Red Cross nurses in WWI, this is a tribute to healthcare workers around the world in the fight against Covid-19.

๐Ÿ“ Steiner and Haightย 

 

By Jeffrey Cheung

Beautiful bodies with the message “Don’t be afraid of who you are!!”

๐Ÿ“ Sycamore and Missionย 

 

By Douglas Miles

Apache warrior, part of “Resistance” mural.

๐Ÿ“ Lilac Alley

 

“Antepasadas” by Simone Star

A Guatemalan women surrounded by folk art, honoring indigenous heritage in the Bay Area.

๐Ÿ“ Balmy Alley

 

By Janet Braun-Reinitz

Depicting the survivors of the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

๐Ÿ“ Balmy Alley

 

By Miles McGregor

๐Ÿ“ Howard and Russย 

 

By Shepard Faireyย 

Based on 1964 photo of Fanny Chaney, whose son and two of his friends died at the hands of the KKK for registering African Americans to vote.

๐Ÿ“ Alabama and 20th

 

By @twickicp and Mel Waters

Vibrant painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

๐Ÿ“ Lilac Alley

 

“Perfection is my Right” by Jessica Sabogal

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๐Ÿ“ Stevenson and 6thย 

 

“Enough is Enough” by Mel Waters

Based on original 1952 painting “Mother and Child” by John Woodrow Wilson.

๐Ÿ“ Clarion Alley

 

By Colette Crutcher

Aztec goddess Tonantzin, often synonymous with “Mother Earth,” “Mother of Maize,” and “Our Lady.”

๐Ÿ“ 16th and Sanchezย 

 

By Sam Flores, Strider Patton, and Tiger Buder.

Sound of Music collaboration on the side of Monarch Night Club.

๐Ÿ“ 101 6th St

 

“Rock, Paper, Scissors” by Lauren Ys, Tatiana Suarez, and Cara To

๐Ÿ“ Market and South Van Ness

 

By Kyle Ranson

๐Ÿ“ Orange Alley

 

By Laura Campos

Recreation of “The Broken Column” by Frida Kahlo.

๐Ÿ“ 24th St Mission BART Station

 

By JR De Ala

Frida Kahlo stencil portrait on a garage door.

๐Ÿ“ Lucky Alley

 

By John Vochatzer

Surreal 80-foot multi-media collage mural on the back of Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre.

๐Ÿ“ 895 O’Farrell St

 

By Keyvan Shovir and Shaghayegh Cyrous

Depicting Iranian literary figures: Poetsย Simin Behbahani and Forough Farokhzadand, and author Simin Daneshvar.

๐Ÿ“ Clarion Alley

 

By Ursula Xanthe Young, @ladimeuna, and @dj_agana with @fewandfarwomen

๐Ÿ“ Clarion Alley

 

[Featured Image: @streetpixel via Instagram. By artist Colette Crutcher]