The New Yorker‘s cover for the week of February 6 is a reimagining of a famous image to portray the new face of feminism: Rosie the Riveter, reimagined as a woman of color.
Artist Abigail Gray Swartz created the cover, which is called “The March,” in reference to the historic Women’s March that took place one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
Swartz said that she was inspired by her own experience at a sister march in Maine.
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“I marched for all those who need our support, for equality and diversity,” Swartz said on Friday. “And, even if I couldn’t take them with me, I marched for my 3-year-old son and for my 6-year-old daughter. I was there for them.”
The image is not only significant because of its feminist message but because of the message of intersectionality at a time when feminism is coming up against the problem of how to address the fact that women of color have historically been left out of the movement and even actively pushed out of it. Some critics of the march noted that there needed to be more of a place for women of color and others, and this image takes that need and puts it on the cover.
Check out the history of Rosie the Riveter below.