BSD staff members contributed images that showed the strength and power of women they know and those who paved the way.

Poster by Maria Torres that depicts trailblazing women who span generations including: Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart Anne Frank, and Mala Yousafzai.

The first image submitted was by Maria Torres, Attendance Specialist for Puesta del Sol Elementary. Maria assembled a collection of images to craft a poster of trailblazing women who span generations, cultures and contributions. They include artists like Georgia O’Keefe and Frida Kahlo, Civil Rights leaders like Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman, pioneers like Amelia Earhart and two young women who defied the odds, Anne Frank and Mala Yousafzai. This poster reminds students at Puesta del Sol of the many ways that Women have left their mark on our collective history.

Painting, Rising from the Ashes by Ginger Bonnell

Ginger Bonnell, is a member of the district Safety and Security team and is the second artist featured for Women’s History Month. Her art is titled: Rising from the Ashes. Ginger writes, “I painted this piece when a friend was in the process of escaping an abusive marriage. The phoenix is a familiar symbol of rebirth and transition. I depicted the phoenix moving out of darkness and into light, but her expression shows the difficulty of her journey. I submitted it during Women’s History Month because – once upon a time – it would have been nearly impossible for my friend to escape the way she did. We are all part of making the history of women for future generations. My friend’s daughters will benefit from her strength and her decision to remember her own value as she rose from the ashes.”

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.