"Now Is the Time"
Now Is the Time is an artwork (+ print and tees with the image) that celebrates the 240-year journey towards electing our first woman President---truly the culmination of an incredible & moving lineage of achievements by many American women. So artist Drue Kataoka placed a few of them in an hourglass of history...In this "American flag" reimagined, the women, in blue & white, are the stars. There are no names. Just achievements and dates.
National Debut at the DNC
Hillary Clinton's campaign invited Now Is The Time to the 2016 DNC in Philadelphia. Delegates & attendees posed with lifesize versions of the image, for selfies and social media pictures. The first run of Now Is The Time art prints & tees SOLD OUT there. More in this article from Forbes: Hillary Clinton Inspired This Artist To Celebrate Sisterhood At The DNC. Watch an interview live from the DNC with POLITICO's Ryan Heath.
Honoring Women's Achivements
Now Is the Time is about a collective sisterhood. Says the artist, "When I read over achievement, I can imagine all the barriers that were overcome. Today we are standing on the shoulders of many remarkable women.
The text gets smaller as time recedes, as if to say there are so many who will never be counted or credited who have taken us this far. The accomplishments of these women are like grains of sand, so numerous but they have also been invisible in history."
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Now Is the Time has resonated with activists, actors, students, corporate leaders & grassroots organizers of all backgrounds...
Now Is The Time, signed by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Photo by Erika Therwhanger
Jamie Lee Curtis jumped backwards and said Now Is the Time gave her goosebumps :)
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards loved Now Is The Time, and told us she was going to hang hers in her office.
Maxine Waters (U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district). She is the most senior of the 12 black women currently serving in the United States Congress, and is a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Tawana W. Cadien, running for U.S. Congress in Texas' 10th Congressional District will be the first woman to take that seat if she wins. Tawana told us that "Now" is definitely "The Time"!
Women often respond to the print by telling a story of a “first” they were involved in. I was particularly moved by a group of women I met at the Equal Rights Advocates luncheon in SF, who felt Now Is The Time deeply resonated for them. They had faced brutal sexual discrimination in their work at a shipyard where the gender imbalance was 16 to 1. They spoke out against injustice even though they knew it could cause them their job. For Jamieka Brown & the woman of Norfolk Ship Repair, “Now” is definitely “the Time!”
High school students like Juliet says "I was instantly drawn to it, and I love the metaphoric content behind it."
Yale student Sergio Lopez one of the youngest delegates for the DNC this year said it reminded him of “how far we’ve come & how much remains to be done”