Hey NPR junkies! Angela Garbes, author of Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy (published by Harper Wave), will be talking about her book today, Tuesday 5/22, on Fresh Air! Good choice, Terry Gross! I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to illustrate her book cover. The book is available for preorder, and officially out in the world on 5/29/18.
Happy Women's Equality Day to all my fellow ladies! When we support equal opportunity for women from the day they're born on into their golden years, we foster healthier, more peaceful, and more sustainable societies.
Less than 100 years ago, a group of strong-willed, persistent (see: nasty) women succeeded in getting the 19th amendment certified, gaining women in the U.S. the right to vote. Obviously no small feat. In 1971, NY Congresswoman "Battling Bella" Abzug prompted congress to designate August 26 as Women's Equality Day, to commemorate the efforts of the suffragettes and the 1920 certification of the amendment. Feeling thankful for the advocacy of these women who were confident enough to speak up for their rights and strategic enough to secure their equality with legislation. Respect.
It's Equal Pay Day! I'd say let's celebrate, but the facts are kind of a bummer. LeanIn.org reports that women on average are paid 20% less than men—and this disparity is often even more pronounced for women of color. I worked with Lyft to create a gif to get the word out about this wage gap, and help inspire people to work together on closing it up. Lyft teamed up with LeanIn.Org for their #20PercentCounts campaign and is donating 20% of proceeds from rides taken today to organizations that serve women and families, including Dress for Success®, Feeding America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and AAUW. Just make sure you take those rides between 8 AM and 6 PM to make sure you're payment is included in the #20percentcounts donation pool.
For more on lyft's campaign, visit: https://blog.lyft.com/posts/equal-pay-day
For more on LeanIn's #20percentcounts campaign, visit: https://leanin.org/equalpay
Hello folks! I'm very excited to invite you all to come see some new works on paper that I'll be showing at Greenpoint Hill, a new gallery and shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn opened by artist and friend Kim Brown. The opening party will be on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 7-10 pm at 100 Freeman Street in Greenpoint, BK. Here's a look at some of the ladies who lead that I'll be showing. Hope to see you there!
WHAT: Ladies Who Lead, New Works on paper by Libby VanderPloeg
WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 7-10 pm
WHERE: 100 Freeman Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
After a string of intense drawing days, my current book project is shaping up quite nicely and I am ready to chill this weekend! I been drawing a lot of ladies this week, and hearing from a lot of wonderful women too, who shared my "Lift Each Other Up" gif. It's been truly uplifting to see so many people spread the message of kindness and generosity. So THANK YOU all you ladies for making me feel purposeful! It's, like, pretty damned awesome. PRO TIP: you can create your own army of lifting ladies to fill up your browser window (desktop only) on giphy: http://giphy.com/gifs/cute-feminist-girlpower-3o7abBphHJngINCHio/tile