Friday, 8 March 2013

Happy International Women's Day!

Jane Bond, Fran Maranzi, motorbike dispatch controller, 2000
Jane Bond, Fran Maranzi, Motorbike Dispatch Controller, c.2000

To celebrate International Women's Day, here is a portrait of a woman, painted by a woman.

This is part of the absolutely amazing  People's Portraits collection at Girton College.  It's free to visit and open to the public every day.

The catalogue and the wall label quote Fran Maranzi in 2000:

"... there's nothing I like better than riding my 750cc Suzuki which can do 115 m.p.h.  She's been my pride and joy for 12 years."

The first International Women's Day was held in 1911, having been proposed by the German feminist and socialist politician Clara Zetkin.  In 1913, the day was moved to 8 March.


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