Throughout time, women have fought to have the same rights as men. There has been a continuous struggle to prove that we are just as capable, smart, and resilient as “the boys.” Helen Ready voiced this very sentiment when she sang, “I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman!” in her 1972 hit, “I Am Woman.” Over the years, we have made great strides in gaining women’s equality, and a large portion of this can be attributed to females in the arts, who use the power of a picture to express their beliefs. With Women’s Equality Day being celebrated across our nation this Sunday, August 26, I would like to recognize a few remarkable females who have used their visions to inspire change for women.
The Guerilla Girls An anonymous group of females who wear gorilla masks while creating and performing art pieces that protest gender inequality and fight sexism.
Cindy Morris Sherman (1954 – present) An American photographer and director who has raised awareness about the controversial ways women are represented in society, the media, and art.
Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) A Mexican painter who has been long celebrated as a feminist icon for her brave depictions of the female in unforgiving physical and emotional positions.
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – 1656) A progressive, Italian Baroque painter who portrayed strong and suffering females from myths and the Bible in her work.
Jennifer Linton (1968 – present) A Canadian mixed-media artist who uses her work to address gender-related issues and represent experiences of women.