SAN FRANCISCO | The MaestraPeace Mural, which covers the entirety of the Women’s Building in San Francisco’s Mission District, was painted in 1994 by seven local female artists and is one of San Francisco’s most well known murals.
Artists Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman, Edythe Boone, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Meera Desai, Yvonne Littleton and Irene Perez created the MaestraPeace Mural as a symbol of the contributions of women from around the world throughout history and fiction, and it features the names of more than 600 women written in calligraphy. The original artists and new artists contributed to an expansion of the mural in 2000 and again in 2010, with a major restoration occurring in 2012.
The Women’s Building itself is a safe place focused on women’s issues and focuses on self-determination, gender equality and social justice. The entire community driven centre is led by women, and serves over 20,000 women a year.