A Womb of One’s Own

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With apologies to Virginia Woolf (and tapping into her imagery of the marginalization of women), the front of the banner is, I think, self explanatory. A woman’s body is hers and hers alone. No government, court or church should have any power over such a fundamental right.

The back of the banner is the monkey wrench quilt pattern.

Certain patterned quilts were hung outside the homes of supporters of the Underground Railway as a signal to fleeing slaves.

“[T]he monkey wrench quilt was a signal for the slaves to begin preparations by collecting the “tools” they thought they would need in their journey north.” (HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW, p. 83.) Those tools were physical, mental and spiritual. The fleeing slaves needed to be prepared on all levels.