Elizabeth Warren has been on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and 9th Street NE, in Washington, for nearly a month.
And she's not alone. As part of a public art project celebrating female lawmakers, hand-drawn portraits of the Massachusetts senator and the other 100 female members of the 113th Congress spread throughout the capital at the start of this year. Tacked to garbage cans, telephone poles and bus stops, the 8.5 by 11" sticker replicas of the portraits commemorate the women in Congress—and bemoan their lack of equal representation.+ House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is on the corner of 14th Street and Park Road NW in Washington. (Stephanie Rudig)
Artist Stephanie Rudig, a designer for National Geographic Kids magazine, spent the last two years drawing portraits of every female member of Congress for her project, which she named SHE-SPAN. In January, after the end of the 113th Congress, she and a cadre of friends put up stickers of those lawmakers in all corners of D.C. It's a way to "pay homage to their accomplishments," she told National Journal.
"To stumble upon one of those portraits, and to see one individual woman, puts a face to the problem," Rudig said. "I like making it not only about the women as a group but zooming in on each woman in particular, and giving an identity to this larger issue of political representation."