A mural created by a 15-year-old girl depicting 16 inspirational women throughout history will be unveiled Saturday in Boyle Heights.
Isabel Peinado spent about 600 hours preparing and painting “Empowerment.” Her work earned her a Girl Scouts Gold Award, the organization’s highest honor, according to the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, which praised Isabel for demonstrating exemplary vision and leadership.
City Councilman Jose Huizar and his wife, Richelle Huizar, helped identify a property owner, Angela Diaz, who had space to allow Isabel to paint her mural.
Figures depicted on “Empowerment” include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; Mae Jamison, the first African-American woman astronaut to travel into space; United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta; Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace-prize winning activist for female education who survived being shot in head by Taliban; Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, author of “Farewell to Manzanar,” a novel depicting her experiences as a Japanese American in World War II internment camps; and Princess Diana.
Others depicted include civil rights activist Rosa Parks; painter Frida Kahlo; Our Lady of Guadalupe; author and activist Helen Keller; feminist nun Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz; women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony: comedian Ellen DeGeneres; and the slain singer Selena.
The final two figures represent all mothers and little girls.
“I hope this mural inspires little girls to choose any profession or calling they decide,” said Isabel, who attends the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
“I want them to know that anything is possible if you are passionate, hardworking, and dedicated to doing what you love — to believe in yourself no matter what anybody says and to always do your best. The women in this mural are an inspiration and this mural celebrates and acknowledges their accomplishments.”