Meaning "woman teacher of peace," the MaestraPeace Mural stands at a height of five stories and is known as one of San Francisco's largest and most popular murals. Painted onto the two sides of the Women's Building in the Mission neighborhood, this San Francisco artwork is a feminist piece that promotes the contributions of women throughout the ages.
The mural was painted in 1994 by a group of female artists: Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman, Edythe Boone, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Meera Desai, Yvonne Littleton, and Irene Perez. Artist and calligrapher Olivia Quevedo and almost 100 volunteers also helped in the creation of the final product. Meant to illustrate the ways that women have contributed to societies around the world and over time, the artistic message is one of respect and reverence for womanhood and what it means across history.
The work of art uses a wide variety of images to represent womanhood, ranging from the historical to the sacred. It reimagines how the world should view women and gives space for healing and reflection. However, the piece is not a sad or somber one; instead, it points to what the world could be like if we all confronted the injustices still plaguing women. Every day, tourists from around the world come to visit and see this great work of art. MaestraPeace is seen by many, both local and foreign, as a testament to the power of women and a symbolic representation of their many contributions.
Cover image by John Leszczynski is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.