Betty Friedan

by Eliza von Zerneck 

Betty Friedan (1921-2006) was a native Peorian and one of the most influential women ever to have lived. Her book The Feminine Mystique was published in 1963 and immediately became a bestseller, attracting millions of women to the feminist cause and helping to spur a wave of anti-discrimination legislation. She cofounded the National Organization for Women and served as its first president, organized the nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality, and went on to write five more books. She helped change the world, and she credited her Peoria roots for teaching her about the power of community and the ability to come together to make change.

About the Mural Artist

Eliza von Zerneck is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Peoria. She has a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Like Friedan, she has roots in both Peoria and New York City, and she aims to inspire, educate, and delight those who interact with her work. She often explores subjects of gender and domesticity, with a focus on female portraiture. Instagram:

About the Augmented Reality Performing Artist

Heather Harlow is a Midwestern born & raised Sag-eligible actress who found her passion for the craft through the haunt industry seven years ago. She is an award-winning, self-taught SFX Artist, as well as a Horror Model, Cosplayer, and rising Scream Queen, She often doubles on set as Actress & Crew, as she enjoys set design and making props, along with hair, make-up, and SFX. Heather now has over 35 credits to her name—in front of and behind the camera. This fall, you can catch her debut on stage as one of the wives of Jacob in a production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.