Rise Up

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Rise Up by Annie Poole

Artist’s Statement: Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” inspired me to create this image. I overlaid my handwritten text of the line “But still, like dust, I’ll rise” in Photoshop onto a photo I took of a girl with her piercing eyes full of determination. The photo and poem are a call to action, capturing the strength and resilience of girls.
Annie Poole
Annie Poole is a freshman at Barnard College in New York City. She is interested in studying art history, anthropology, and gender studies. Annie served two years on the jGirls Editorial Board as Nonfiction Department Head and as a member of the art department. She was also the Print Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper, The MIHS Islander, and co-President of MIHS’s Gender Equality Club.