Many of us dreamt of going into space as a child. Living with the stars, discovering a new planet or making alien friends maybe? With the Astronaut collection, we are celebrating female astronauts who have paved the way.
According to the United Nations, women make up approximately 20% of the international space industry and this number has remained the same for the past 30 years. Moreover, only 11% of astronauts so far have been female.
There are lots of unique traits for the astronauts. Your mission badge may be different, you might be floating past the moon or a planet, or you may even have a little alien friend!
From Marie Salomea Skłodowska-Curie to Gitanjali Rao and all the women in STEM who came before, in between, and after them, we applaud you.
Women in STEM have been under-appreciated for centuries. At times, no credit was given for their hard work and brilliance and frequently their work was outright stolen. With the scientist collection, we show that we see you and we appreciate you.
Within the STEM collection, the vibrant Marine Biologists have a special place in the art work. Despite engaging in more pro-environmental behaviours around the world, women still disproportionately suffer the impacts of disasters, severe weather events and climate change. Though women are gradually becoming better represented in the ocean science field, men still hold the lion’s share of power. The Gender Equity in Ocean Science Report released in 2019, shows that the number of women graduating from university is not translating to representation at later career stages, ie. men are still holding the higher positions in this field.
With more representation in our 10k collection, we want to celebrate the women in STEM and inspire more women to enter scientific workforces.
Women activists have always played a pivotal role in shaping our societies. If it wasn't for brave women like Shirin Ebadi, Loujain al-Hathloul and many more, we would be living in a far worse world. The Activist collection celebrates the bravery of women: yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere (including gender equality, girls' education and women's rights). We have incorporated the SDG 17 goals into the backgrounds of certain art pieces and matched the colours of the SDG 17 goals - showcasing support for the related cause. As well as the artwork itself, we are proud to be one of the first NFT projects to commit to these goals, through our increased representation of women that are working tirelessly for these goals and by providing financial means (through donations) to worthy causes that align with SDG 17 goals.
They say there's an artist in all of us. Whether its visual arts, music or writing, you'll find various traits within the Women Rise collection that showcases the artist within. Your artist could be within Frida Kahlo's studio or they could be in the library, drawing inspiration from the books around them. Either way, we know they'll go onto do great things!
A 2018 study of 18 major U.S. art museums found that their collections were 87% male and 85% white. According to artnet News, more than $196.6 billion was spent on art in auction between 2008 and the first half of 2019. Of this, work made by women accounts for just 2%.
Led by a female artist, Women Rise will always celebrate and support women in the arts, whether that's curators, designers, auctioneers or the artists themselves.