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 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 has three goals:

The Medusa Project has three goals:

The Medusa Project has three goals:

To reclaim Medusa as a symbol of female empowerment

To reclaim Medusa as a symbol of female empowerment

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

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

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

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. Hilary 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 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. Hilary 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:

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

Here are some ways you can help:

Here are some ways you can help:

Here are some ways you can help:

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

#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.

#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:

Share with us:

Share with us:

DM us on social media or email us at team@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 team@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 team@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.

Welcome to the Medusa Project Forum. Below are interviews that we have conducted with some of the most influential and inspiring modern Medusas.

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Welcome to the Medusa Project Forum. Below are interviews that we have conducted with some of the most influential and inspiring modern Medusas.

Welcome to the Medusa Project Forum. Below are interviews that we have conducted with some of the most influential and inspiring modern Medusas.

COMING SOON!

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

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

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

Books

Women and Power

The Atlantic

The Original ‘Nasty Woman

An Injustice Magazine

Mishandling the Myth of Medusa

Art UK - Rethinking Medusa

“Not much can be done for pre-curse Medusa, but are we, in the age of #MeToo, learning to unlearn the ugly habit of silencing – and demonising – victims of male oppression”

Vice

The Timeless Myth of Medusa, a Rape Victim Turned Into a Monster

Artsy

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

Boshemia

“The face of our own rage”

WBUR

This Performance Reclaims The Myth Of Medusa After #MeToo

History of Yesterday

Medusa: How We Made a Rape Victim Into a Monster

Bitch Media

Snake Eyes | The Power to Turn the Patriarchy into Stone

The Met

Dangerous Beauty in the Ancient World and the Age of #MeToo: An Interview with Curator Kiki Karoglou

Athens Journals

Gaze of the Medusa: The Defeat of Hillary Clinton
  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

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