The Doors Are Opening by Susan Wittrup

by Allison Wilbur on February 21, 2011

The Doors Are Opening by Susan Wittrup

The Doors Are Opening

Susan Wittrup

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Women the world over are standing up and demanding their place.  Due to their efforts slowly but surely the doors are beginning to open.  In my quilt, I am celebrating this progress.  The building has been deliberately left generic to allow the viewer to decide if it is a school, a hospital, the throne of power, a safe haven… it is all of these things and more.  The important point is that the doors are opening and as they do so, the women are coming.  The old, the young, mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers of all shapes, colors, beliefs are marching forward, pushing the doors open further ever day, changing the world, making it a better place for everyone.

This effort is happening without guns, without war.  What is making it successful is constantly putting one foot in front of the other, a steady and persistent movement forward.  Most of these women are anonymous, faceless.  They see a need and move to meet it without leaving their signature behind.  Consequently, the women in my quilt are presented without faces while using bright colors to symbolize their energy and their determination.

As a woman, I have pushed some doors open, I have held the door for others, and many others have held the door for me.  No matter how many barriers we overcome, there always seems to be another but this never stops us.  What I find most encouraging is that no matter how many fences there are, women are an inexorable force bound to open the world up for full participation from everyone.  It is exciting, it is powerful, and it is inevitable.

[The views expressed on this page are those of the Quilt creator and do not necessarily reflect those of Quilt for Change or Quilt Challenge sponsors]

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