March 8th marks the 112th year celebrating International Women's Day, a global observance commemorating women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. The day also represents a continued call to action for accelerating gender equity around the world. Activist Gloria Steinem said, "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." After all, human rights are women's rights.
At Rebel Nell, gender equity is at the core of who we are; uplifting the marginalized and breaking down barriers is what we do. The women employed by Rebel Nell are resisting what society has handed them and forging a new future for themselves and their families because they deserve nothing less.
This year for International Women's Day, we are launching the Lady Pink Collaboration. A prolific artist who started in the New York City graffiti scene in 1979, and soon was well known as the only female capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture. Lady Pink was not a tagger but a subway train muralist whose distinctive and colorful style revealed her Ecuadorian roots.
Lady Pink was exhibiting paintings in art galleries while still in high school, and by the time she was 21 had her first solo show at the Moore College of Art. As a leader in the rise of graffiti-based art, her paintings, murals, and illustrations now hang in private collections and renowned museums, including the Whitney Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
From the beginning her work has been a celebration of women—acknowledging the feminine and the powerful sides all women embody. Lady Pink explains, “I was inspired by pop culture of that decade, like Marcia Brady standing up for herself. My heroes were even those silly girls from Charlie’s Angels. You could be well-coordinated and feminine and beautifully made up, and you could kick ass in high heels. Those girls inspired me to not let men run all over me. A lot of those female themes are in my work because early on
I could see we haven’t reached equality. We don’t get paid the same, and we don’t get treated the same.” The mural Lady Pink created for this unique collaboration is a gorgeous mandala—a symbol of transformation—that captures both the beauty of being a woman and the difficult choices we face every day.
Every day we seek to embolden women to embrace their infinite strength
and define their future. Our jewelry serves as a reminder that there is power in being ONE OF NO OTHER KIND.
"You have to fight tooth and nail, bitch and scream, be loud and be large
to get respect." -Lady Pink
to get respect." -Lady Pink
Shop the new artist series collaboration here.