The last leg (snarf)

Apologies for the colour on this one, my printer card reader broke this morning and I took this one with the phone.

The legs have been stitched with words and the painting has begun.  To keep uniformity I've approached all the portraits and legs in the same way with the same mix for the flesh colour, and have just added tints to each person to make them different.

I took the edge of the glass which said "The Glass Ceiling" off and haven't quite decided how I want to carry on with it yet.

The stitched words are taken from Government stats and World Health Stats as well as articles in the Independent and Guardian. Most of the cementing text is my own though. I have had people in the past saying I should state my sources, but I've refrained thank you.  It's a piece of art work and my voice not a GCSE history essay!! 

Leg 1 "Silly Girl, Silly Girl, you're only good for one thing" My God says that it is a woman's place to have babies and look after them and obey her husband. It's the mans job to protect woman by marrying her. In 10 countries around the world women are legally bound to obey their husbands. 99.3% of women and girls in Egypt have been subjected to sexual harassment. 38% of all murders of women worldwide are committed by a woman's intimate partner.

Leg 2 Misogyny is the hatred or dislike of women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women and sexual objectification of women.

Leg 3 In the UK the gender pay gap is 15 percent  On average women earn £5,000 less a year than their male colleagues. For part time work it rises to 35 per cent. Globally only 24 percent of senior management roles are filled by women. In 1997 9 out of 10 senior civil servants in Northern Ireland were men.

Leg 4 The Equalities and Human Rights Commission have said it will take at least 70 years at the current rate of progress to see an equal number of male and female directors in the FTSE 100 companies. Closing the gender gap in agriculture and using the skills of women, we could reduce the worlds hungry by 12 to 17 percent.

Leg 5 There are as many men in the cabinet who went to Eton as there are women MPs in the whole of Westminster, which is 147 female MP's  out of 650 or approximately 24%.

Leg 6 If the skills and qualifications of those women currently out of work in the UK were fully utilised the UK would have an extra £15 to 20 BILLION, which is double the value of the UK exports to China.  Females out perform males at 0 level and A level, and undergrad and post grad qualifications by approximately 1.6 to 1.0. There are 1705 male and 1090 female staff in higher education establishments.

Leg 7 73% of the Police force are male and 82% are male above the rank of Chief Inspector.  There are 10,100 male barristers and 5,300 female.  77% of UK parochial clergy are male and 89% of senior clergy are male. The UK is rated at 59th in the world for numbers of women in Parliament under Rwanda, Andorra, Cuba, Senegal and Nicaragua.  SHAME on the UK.


  1. Great work. I did want to mention that the edge of the glass actually looks like the edge of heavy plate glass. You hit upon the perfect color. I am such an admirer of your work!!.

  2. Excellent information on the legs, I believe there are more women than men in the uk, maybe we should all go on strike. Now that would bring the country to a standstill.

  3. Hi, Annabel. Wonderful piece--so glad you interpreted the "glass ceiling" problem. Just perfect. When my research took me into gender studies, I really got angry. I'm not sure I've gotten over it and my daughter (who is teaching & writing about Tunisian women writers) complains about it all the time. Wonder what my granddaughters will have to say? Anyway, love the bite that your work has.
    best, nadia

  4. I wondered where/when the writing would come.
    Sandy in Bracknell

  5. Anabel, this is so powerful, it made me tear up as I read it. Bravo for you!

  6. So cool! How do you get the words stitched on the legs? I love how your mind works :-)

  7. Another thought provoking piece.

  8. Thank you very much indeed for your lovely comments. I'm painting the glass as we speak but it's proving difficult, because I've never seen a crowd of ladies standing under a glass ceiling - I'm having to make it up. You can only tell glass is glass by the reflections etc so where do you start? I've faffed a bit but have more to work out. It maybe that I just make it a plain colour and revert back to the text! The stitching on the legs is done by free maching qfa.

  9. Love the green that perfectly evokes the sense of glass that is transparent yet absolutely solid. Maybe it is just me, but I imbue the women with the thought that the glass will shatter...