The Woman Project (TWP) is a non-profit, feminist, female identifying art-activism organization in Rhode Island. The Woman Project began in 2017 with a mission to further the human rights of Rhode Islanders by using art as a tool for both education and social change. TWP stirs social awareness and invites political actions to inclusively further women’s rights through creative campaigns and collaborative art projects. In a world where there is so much work to be done in the fight for equality of human rights, prioritizing effort and energy is key to achieving progress.
TWP’s long-term strategy is to largely focus on one specific and realistic item at a time, therefore channeling the bulk of its energy, attention, and effort to best creating one sizable and important advancement for a better future. TWP’s first priority is to demand that the Rhode Island General Assembly pass The Reproductive Health Care Act (“The RHCA”) which will ensure legal protection to the reproductive rights of women in the state of Rhode Island. TWP feels that not only is this a fundamental step in the long term goal of more equitable human rights, it is also an extremely timely issue considering the recent national political threats to both reproductive health care and general health care access in our country.
The Woman Project Manifesto, “Where Art Meets Activism”
We love art and creativity.
We believe that art and creative work have the power to affect political discourse and effect change.
We are feminists who believe in intersectionality and are:
– Pro-woman (all women identified people)
– Pro-choice (we are only fully free if we have control of our bodies)
– Pro-social justice (we are only fully free if we have social justice for all)
– Pro-racial justice (we are only fully free if we have racial justice and equality for all)
– Pro-environment (we are only fully free if we have a habitable and healthy planet to live on)
We are committed to collaborating with creative women to organize visual spectacles that have the power to incite lasting positive political and cultural change for our fellow citizens, our country, and the generations that will come after us.
The Community Network:
Starting in February 2017, TWP focused on building a network of local activists, forging partnerships with other organizations, and creating relationships with community leaders around women’s reproductive access and rights. In doing this, TWP also built a recognizable identity as a feminist force in Rhode Island in general. Over the last year TWP has had support and/or collaborated in an official, or unofficial capacity with Planned Parenthood, Emerge RI, Moms Demand Action RI, Adoption Inequality RI, the Uniterian Universalist Community in RI, Indivisible RI, the Cranston Action Network, Emerge RI, the Women’s March Huddles, and RI NOW.
TWP worked with other organizations to develop a coalition of nine organizations (Jobs with Justice RI, Emerge RI, the March for Racial Justice, South County SURJ, Hope and Change for Haiti, the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Our Journ3i, and Planned Parenthood) to host SisterSong in Rhode Island.
In addition TWP is a member of the RI Reproductive Freedom Coalition (RIRFC.org). Through this coalition work, TWP will have the space to work collaboratively with the other 18 coalition members to work on the goal of passing the RHCA. Because of the momentum of the group that brought SisterSong to Rhode Island the RIRFC now has the chance to do some cross-movement work.
TWP also has strong ties to Hera Educational Foundation in Wakefield, the fifth oldest women’s cooperative art space in the United States. Hera’s feminist mission overlaps with TWP and much of why TWP began evolved from initiatives at Hera Gallery after the 2016 election.