Still Happening: Gender Inequality in Art
A place from which to continue the conversation regarding gender inequality in the arts is to acknowledge that this has been, and remains to be an international issue. Despite oppositions, artists and organizations have inspiring and well-documented histories of working with resilience through such inequalities. This article does not attempt to fully address the massive issue of gender inequality on an international scale but rather seeks to provide a glimpse into the current news around this topic as well as examples of artists who are forging forward and making a dent.
Last month, the New York Times reported the astonishing yet not surprising finding that a mere 11% of museum acquisitions were of artworks created by artists who identified as women. Since the release of this article, a necessary discussion has (re)occurred once again acknowledging the issue of inequality in the arts. The organization “National Museum of Women in the Arts,” based in Washington DC provides resources and guides for fixing the gender gap that has long existed in the arts. On the NMWA website are sources to consult for education, leadership and the art market, among others. Of this, the organization’s mission is to empower female artists with the resource of information. Furthermore, significant U.S. based feminist artist Judy Chicago recently has been acknowledged for the significant impact she has made to art history with decades of influential art through fighting the erasure of female artists such as herself.