About Great Women Productions

Jo Napier Portrait: Flora
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About

Great Women Productions


Nova Scotia-based Great Women Productions was founded in 2018, by Jo Napier, after she realized she had no 'Great Women' stories to tell her young daughter.

 

'When my daughter was little, and I was reading her bedtime stories, I wanted to tell her about the Great Women of Nova Scotia.  As she grew older and took an interest in math, I wanted to tell her about Great Women of Engineering... about female pioneers in STEM fields and what they had accomplished...

'No great stories bubbled up.   That uncomfortable realization - that half our history, the female half - was missing from my consciousness, was the spark that created my Great Women Productions portrait business.'

A woman-led, sole proprietorship based in Halifax Nova Scotia, Great Women Productions (GWP) takes an ‘everyday approach' to  helping clients design spaces that feel more inclusive; collaborating with companies, medical and engineering schools, government and corporate clients, to create portraits and boardroom collections that reflect the female face of innovation. "My work shows what 'women's work' really means. When girls know their STEM history, they'll feel a sense of ownership in these arenas."

 

     

About

Jo Napier

After Jo Napier, a former technology journalist (The Ottawa Citizen) and national newspaper columnist (The Globe and Mail), became a mom she started painting... and discovered that the history she was aware of failed to include women's stories and accomplishments.  

As a former newspaper business journalist, documentary associate producer and author, she had interviewed the Internet’s seminal thinkers and pioneers for a PBS series, two PBS documentaries, and a book, Technology With Curves (Harper Collins).  "I kept wondering: where are the women's stories? Is our increasingly digital world being influenced by women?"

Her research - and a growing sense of responsibility to show her daughter the faces and stories of Great Women - led to her first collection of large-scale, contemporary portraits. ("I had been a journalist for more than a decade, you would think I knew something about our 'Great Women'.")  The collection was acquired by The Royal Bank for their national art collection

Today, Napier creates Great Women portraits for private and public sector clients that primarily reflect pioneers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

 

 

"When women are empowered in the design and innovation process, the likelihood of success in the marketplace improves by 144%."

Former PepsiCo CEO, Indra Noenrich

Great Women Portrait Collections

Reflect Companies' Values, Powerful Media Stories

 

"Women's history is half the history. We, men and women, just don't know it because we weren't taught it. That omission is a great opportunity to change mindsets," says Napier, whose 'Great Women' portraits and products help clients - banks, medical and engineering schools, investment companies and government - build a sense of shared culture.

Contact Great Women Productions Owner/Artist Jo Napier
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GREAT WOMEN OF STEM

(From left)

  • Annie Jump Cannon
  • Elsie MacGill
  • Alice Augusta Ball
  • Mary Morgan 
  • Hertha Ayrton
Contact Jo Napier to discuss original artwork commissions

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