The Women’s Center was opened in 1979 in San Francisco as the first woman-owned and -operated community center in the US. It is located between the Mission and Castro neighborhoods on 18th near Guerrero St. In 1994, seven women artists collaborated to paint MaestraPeace, an enormous mural that covers two sides of the building.
Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman, Edythe Boone, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Meera Desai, Yvonne Littleton and Irene Pérez spent more than 18 months planning the mural in collaboration with community groups. The resulting piece celebrates women’s history and wisdom around the world.
Rigoberta Menchú presides over the northern side of the mural.
On the corners, profiles represent women in different parts of the world.
Smaller images depict women dancing, working, celebrating, and just living.
Some images are famous historical figures or activists. Like Audre Lorde on the lower left…
or Jocelyn Elders in her scrubs.
On the western side of the mural, a pregnant goddess represents the generations of women yet to come.