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.
“Soldadera” by Mark Martin
Dedicated to the women soldiers of the Mexican Revolution.
“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.
Beautiful bodies with the message “Don’t be afraid of who you are!!”
Apache warrior, part of “Resistance” mural.
“Antepasadas” by Simone Star
A Guatemalan women surrounded by folk art, honoring indigenous heritage in the Bay Area.
By Janet Braun-Reinitz
Depicting the survivors of the AIDS epidemic in Africa.
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.
Vibrant painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“Perfection is my Right” by Jessica Sabogal
“Enough is Enough” by Mel Waters
Based on original 1952 painting “Mother and Child” by John Woodrow Wilson.
By Colette Crutcher
Aztec goddess Tonantzin, often synonymous with “Mother Earth,” “Mother of Maize,” and “Our Lady.”
Sound of Music collaboration on the side of Monarch Night Club.
By Kyle Ranson
By Laura Campos
Recreation of “The Broken Column” by Frida Kahlo.
By JR De Ala
Frida Kahlo stencil portrait on a garage door.
Surreal 80-foot multi-media collage mural on the back of Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre.
Depicting Iranian literary figures: Poets Simin Behbahani and Forough Farokhzadand, and author Simin Daneshvar.
[Featured Image: @streetpixel via Instagram. By artist Colette Crutcher]