Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of women and their contributions to the world. It’s a time to consider the lives and careers of powerful women like Nancy Pelosi, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan. In addition to meditating on the gains women have made, it’s also a month to protest, to keep fighting for equal rights and protections under the law. In Mexico, women staged a mass protest that saw tens of thousands of women and children take to the streets across the country. The biggest protest took place in Mexico City where things were mostly peaceful. After the loud and powerful protest, the next day was a day of absence for women. Women did not go to work and did not leave the house. The protest made a strong statement about violence against women. The incredible female organizers of the protest drew attention from around the world. We hope their act of protest brings change for the women of Mexico and everywhere. In the spirit of both celebration and protest, we took a look at some tattoos that celebrate feminism and womanhood. Here are 27 tattoos that celebrate Women’s History Month. They’re female AF.
This effective tattoo is both tongue-in-cheek and thought-provoking. It looks like a “Made in China” label and it’s situated on the bottom of her foot. However, the message is clear, women make all of us. It also inspires us to look to female makers and creatives for inspiration, guidance, and empowerment.
Women in the workplace, in their private lives, and at the doctor’s office, all feel like they do not have full agency over their bodies and their autonomy. The popular slogan, “my body, my rules” is a favorite feminist saying because it means so many things to so many people. The #metoo movement has helped shine a light on harassment across every single industry. The slogan also works as a protest against unwanted advances.
This stunning tattoo is a scene of a suffragette being arrested while she’s protesting. Suffragettes, of course, fought hard for women’s right to vote. This is such a beautiful tribute to their fight.
“Nevertheless, she persisted” was adopted by the feminist movement in 2017 after the US Senate tried to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren during the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. They tried, but she persisted.
This gorgeous traditional style tattoo shows a woman’s hand balled into a fist with brass knuckles befitted with a diamond. The slogan, “fight like a girl” is tattooed in a banner. We often hear the phrase “fight like a man” but it really should be “like a girl.”
22. Hammer Time
In feminist theory, the concept of patriarchy is that society values the ideas and contributions of men above those of women. In this bold tattoo, the idea is to “smash” that unfair system so that society can reach a point of equality for all.
21. Kitty Marion
Kitty Marion is an often unsung hero of the suffrage movement. She literally fought for the right to vote in the UK and then brought her tenacity to the US and joined forces with the famed nurse, Margaret Sanger. Kitty and Margaret would go on to fight for birth control and their efforts paved the way for the Planned Parenthood Federation of North America.
This awesome woman got an anti-Valentine’s Day tattoo this year to celebrate the holiday. Barbed wire forms the heart and the phrase “don’t touch” speaks for itself.
19. Can We Do It Like Frida?
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is a feminist hero because she defied gender norms and the rigid lane society wanted her to stay in. In addition to being openly bisexual, she also painted imagery that deeply resonated with many women. She embraced her weirdness and was always her most authentic self.
18. A Galaxy of One’s Own
Traditional style tattoos like this one always look fantastic when they are depicting futuristic imagery. This breathtaking tattoo of a female astronaut is a reminder that many women have been in space! It’s not just men! But, there’s still more work to be done to reach parity. As of December 2019, 565 people have traveled in space of those just 65 have been women. That’s under 9%.
17. The Good Fight
There’s a lot of love for “fight like a girl” when it comes to tattoos. It’s a very popular feminist phrase. This colorful banner and unique font make this tattoo a real winner.
16. You Get What You Settle For
Thelma & Louise became an instant feminist classic when it premiered in 1991. This micro tattoo of the car the pair traveled in is one of the coolest tattoos we’ve ever seen. If you haven’t seen the movie, you might not get the tattoo. You can change that!
15. Feminism in Space
New York City’s first women’s bookstore was called Labyris Books. A shirt with the slogan: “The Future is Female” on it was sold at the shop and the phrase became a cultural phenomenon. This pinup style tattoo of a futuristic spacewoman, with the phrase above her, is just perfect.
14. The Wounded Deer
We can’t get enough Frida. Frida Kahlo painted this portrait in 1946 and titled it “The Wounded Deer.” The deer is pierced with many arrows and shares her face. Frida faced many emotional and physical difficulties throughout her life. This painting is thought to be an expression of her struggle.
This heart-shaped tattoo depicts two women holding hands. The woman who shared the photo said she wanted a tattoo that represented sisterhood and sorority. We’d say she definitely hit the mark. It’s a stunner.
12. She’s Got the Power
In 1991, the feminist punk band, Bikini Kill published a zine (remember those?) entitled “Girl Power.” After its publication, it’s become a slogan for feminists and others who encourage female empowerment.
11. Burn Your Bra
This tattoo of a burning bra is actually a glow in the dark tattoo. The ink that colors the flames glows when it’s under a blacklight. You can warm your protesting fist with the warm glow of a burning bra!
This absolutely mesmerizing watercolor tattoo looks like it was painted on instead of tattooed. The venus symbol has long been the symbol for womanhood and many feminist protest signs include it.
9. Be Whatever You Want
The comic Tank Girl is a punk comic that features a warrior woman who lives in and operates a tank. This amazing tattoo is in her honor and features a shirt that says “be a lady.” It urges you to think about how we define what that even means.
8. Notorious RBG
The first woman to serve on the US Supreme Court was Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981. The next was Ruth Bader Ginsburg who, of course, is a feminist icon for her trailblazing career and stance on many important issues.
7. Not Invisible
This stunning black and grey tattoo has a haunting female symbol inside of it. This unique tattoo says so much in such an understated way.
6. Savagely So
A pair of ankle tattoos is just what this feminist needed to get her point across. A “Savage Feminist” is what the world needs right now!
“Male tears” became a feminist meme after many women voiced their opinions online and were called “misandrists” or “man-haters.” The classic meme shows the words “male tears” on a mug that a woman is drinking out of. Explaining memes is like explaining irony. This fun tattoo reimagines the meme as a glass of “male tears” on ice.
4. Women Supporting Women
This simple but effective tattoo is essentially a line drawing done in just black ink. There’s a rich feminist tradition of artists illustrating female figures that transform into or are part of natural elements. For obvious reasons, the moon is a common theme. This tattoo is part of that canon and we absolutely love it.
In 2014, Shoshana Roberts shared her findings from a social experiment in which a camera filmed her walking around New York City on a typical day. Over the course of the day, she was catcalled and commented upon over 100 times. Catcalling not only makes women feel uncomfortable, but it also makes them feel unsafe. Plainly put, it’s insulting. This tattoo imagines a world where no one gets catcalled.
2. Decisions Made
Women deserve a seat at every table. Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously said, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” This person really felt that sentiment and decided to get a shortened version of the quote as a tattoo. The roman numerals refer to a date that’s very important to her. She got the tattoo in honor of Women’s History Month.
1. Bring the Fight
This traditional style of tattoo pictures a pair of boxing gloves. A banner reads, “Fight the good fight.” That’s great advice and this is a fantastic and highly imaginative tattoo.
Women’s History Month is a great time to reflect on all the women that have come before and made society more equitable and inclusive. There’s a wide range of ideas that fall under the umbrella of feminism. Some decide to put those ideas front and center by getting tattoos that express their views. Women’s History Month is an incredible time to learn about women from the past. Let’s remember to always look forward at times when we’re asked to look at the past. There’s still work to do.