Riposte magazine has commissioned six female artists and designers to create a limited edition poster inspired by the word ‘persist’ for International Women’s Day.
Posters are available to buy from Riposte’s website and cost £40 each. All proceeds will go to Women for Women – a humanitarian organisation helping women affected by war and conflict.
Designs feature words of encouragement and inspiration: Top Girl Studio’s reminds women to ‘be real’, ‘different’ and ‘invincible’ while designer Sonya Dyakova’s features a quote from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Pentagram partner Paula Scher, artist Lakwena Maciver and New York designer Tracey Ma have opted for typographic designs while Lynnie Zulu’s poster features colourful illustrations.
The word persist references an incident involving US Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was silenced while trying to read a letter from Coretta Scott King on the senate floor earlier this year. Explaining the decision to silence her, Republican Mitch McConnell said: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” The incident inspired thousands of memes in support of Warren from those who saw it as a man’s attempt to silence a woman for speaking her mind.
Riposte editor Danielle Pender says: “We wanted to do something to mark International Women’s Day that reflected the attitude of opposition that a lot of readers feel towards the divisive politics we’re dealing with at the minute…. Persist seemed like the perfect word to base the commissions on and the designers and artists involved have created brilliant works in response.”