Poster Image

Woman's hand, with Karen DeCrow bracelet, holding beer glass


Item#: 2024SYR07

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

Women, Raise Your Glass!

poster information


Women, raise your glass!

Here's to reaching the stars and

drinking in all bars.

I used to think history was boring when I was in school. Now I enjoy learning about people from the past and was excited to combine my love of haiku and history with this year’s theme of historical Syracuse characters.

Karen DeCrow (1937 - 2014) was an attorney, activist, and feminist. She was the only woman in her class at Syracuse University's College of Law (1972) and the 4th president of the National Organization for Women (1974 - 1977).

This haiku is a toast to her accomplishments, focusing on how she pressured NASA to recruit more female astronauts and her discrimination lawsuit after being refused service at McSorley's Old Ale House, which only served men.

Thank you, Karen.

I was immediately drawn to Stephanie’s poem about Karen DeCrow, despite not knowing anything about her history in Syracuse. The curiosity that the words sparked led to research and inspiration and, ultimately, this illustrative and sparkly poster about celebrating women.

As an illustrator that leans more toward fun, whimsy, and children’s works, I wanted this poster to be dynamic and colorful and suggestive of DeCrow, rather than just a portrait (a weak spot of mine).

I hope that this historic figure series of posters sparks curiosity and investigation into these people who have shaped Syracuse, and instills even more pride and a reason to celebrate our city!