The Medusa Project is an initiative to reclaim Medusa - the mythical Greek woman whose gaze could turn anyone to stone - as a symbol of female empowerment.

The Medusa Project is an initiative to reclaim Medusa - the mythical Greek woman whose gaze could turn anyone to stone - as a symbol of female empowerment.

The Medusa Project was founded in 2021 by Devin McDonald, a Classical Honors Program student at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, after seeing the Medusa image used regularly to demonize, discredit, and devalue powerful women. Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, Angela Merkel, Martha Stewart, and Oprah Winfrey are just a few among those targeted. For example, during the 2016 presidential campaign, a shocking illustration of Donald Trump as Perseus holding the severed head of Hillary Clinton as Medusa turned up on everything from tee shirts to coffee mugs.

The Medusa Project has three goals:

To reclaim Medusa as a symbol of female empowerment

To stop the appropriation of the Medusa image to suppress female advancement

To inspire Gen Z to empower a new generation of female leaders

The Medusa Project was founded in 2021 by Devin McDonald, a Classical Honors Program student at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, after seeing the Medusa image used regularly to demonize, discredit, and devalue powerful women. Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, Angela Merkel, Martha Stewart, and Oprah Winfrey are just a few among those targeted. For example, during the 2016 presidential campaign, a shocking illustration of Donald Trump as Perseus holding the severed head of Hillary Clinton as Medusa turned up on everything from tee shirts to coffee mugs.

Help us reclaim Medusa as a symbol of female empowerment. Join our social media movement:

#mymedusa: Whenever you post content celebrating a powerful woman, whether a friend, family member, or woman in the public eye, use the hashtag #mymedusa.

#mymedusamoment: Post a photo of yourself at a moment when you felt powerful and nominate three strong women you admire to do so too.

Share with us:

DM us on social media or email us at hello@themedusaproject.com to tell us how you’d like to get involved with The Medusa Project, to share your story with us, or to tell us if you have seen an image of Medusa being used to discredit a powerful woman so we can take action.
DM us on social media or email us at hello@themedusaproject.com to tell us how you’d like to get involved with The Medusa Project, to share your story with us, or to tell us if you have seen an image of Medusa being used to discredit a powerful woman so we can take action.

Listed below are a selection of resources relevant to The Medusa Project that you may wish to explore.

Mishandling the Myth of Medusa

by Tyler A. Donohue

Rethinking Medusa

by Patricia Yaker Ekall

The Timeless Myth of Medusa

By Christobel Hastings

What Depictions of Medusa Say about the Way Society Views Powerful Women

by Abigail Cain

Gaze of the Medusa: The Defeat of Hillary Clinton

By Victoria Clebanov and Bennett Kravitz

Dangerous Beauty in the Ancient World and the Age of #MeToo

by Sumi Hansen

Medusa: How We Made a Rape Victim Into a Monster

by TillyC

Snake Eyes: The Power to Turn the Patriarchy into Stone

by McKenzie Schwark

The Face of Our Own Rage

by Gabby Tuzzeo

The Face of Our Own Rage

by Gabby Tuzzeo

Mishandling the Myth of Medusa

By Tyler A. Donohue

Medusa: How We Made a Rape Victim Into a Monster

by TillyC

Mishandling the Myth of Medusa

by Tyler A. Donohue

Rethinking Medusa

by Patricia Yaker Ekall

The Timeless Myth of Medusa

by Christobel Hastings

What Depictions of Medusa Say about the Way Society Views Powerful Women

by Abigail Cain

The Face of Our Own Rage

by Gabby Tuzzeo

Medusa: How We Made a Rape Victim Into a Monste

by TillyC

Snake Eyes: The Power to Turn the Patriarchy into Stone

by McKenzie Schwark

Dangerous Beauty in the Ancient World and the Age of #MeToo

by Sumi Hansen

Gaze of the Medusa: The Defeat of Hillary Clinton

By Victoria Clebanov and Bennett Kravitz

Women & Power

by Mary Beard

The Original ‘Nasty Woman’

by Elizabeth Johnston

Welcome to The Medusa Project Forum. Please check back soon to read, watch, and listen to interviews that we have conducted with some of the most inspiring Modern Medusas.

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  • Devin McDonald

    Founder, The Medusa Project

    Devin McDonald is a senior in the Classical Honors Program at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, and the 2022 recipient of the school’s Dickey Prize for Excellence in Greek. Passionate about the Classics and gender equity, Devin has devoted much of her time outside of classes to researching the connections between the way women are portrayed in classical myths and modern-day gender issues and advocating for vital changes. “Symbols matter in society,” says Devin. “I plan to do all I can to reclaim, protect, and advance the image of Medusa as a powerful, unifying, and inspiring symbol of female strength.”

  • Dr. David Camden

    Advisor

    Dr. Camden currently holds the Alexander Smith Cochran Chair in Greek Language and Literature at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. Dr. David Camden graduated summa cum laude in Classics from Harvard University in 2005, and he received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2016. Before coming to St. Paul’s School, Dr. Camden taught for a year at Emory University and for two years at the Gunston School, an independent high school in Maryland. In the past, Dr. Camden has taught both introductory and intermediate courses in Latin, Greek, and Italian. He has also taught more advanced classes in Greek and Latin literature, Greek prose composition, and ancient medicine. In 2008, he contributed to the digitization of the Bodleian Euclid and is currently writing a book on Greek medicine.

  • Elizabeth Englehardt

    Advisor

    Elizabeth Engelhardt graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in ancient Greek and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in classical philology at Harvard University. Before coming to St. Paul’s, she taught a variety of undergraduate Greek and Latin courses at Harvard and ran a one-woman high school Latin program for three years at Severn School in Severna Park, Md.

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