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Summoning A Voice: Design, Feminism and Gay Rights 

My thesis relates my own experience as a social activist lesbian to the greater context of women in graphic design. Far from a radical “women-only” cause, feminist theory can empower diverse peoples by giving the word “feminism” the meaning of equality. However, much of the work by women has not been celebrated due to both historical neglect and the influences of a patriarchal society. Drawing on the collective energy of female graphic designers and activists, I show how our contributions can lead to the changing of attitudes and conversations, specifically those relating to the gay rights movement.

ABCs of Gay Rights: A Feminist Angle

The thesis exhibition consists of 52 triangle panels each containing symbolic influences, positive and some negative, on my life as a gay woman over the past twenty years. It is my hope that elements within the triangles serve as connecting points between me and the viewer giving relevance to both overlapping and differing experiences.

Lisa Williams is a graphic artist and educator with a background in art history. She is originally from Austin, Texas but now divides her time between Virginia and Maine.

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