Women in the Arts

Your DGB for today is to support women in the arts.

For centuries, women have fought against the idea that they aren’t as creative or as artistic as men. They had to use aliases when writing books, otherwise they wouldn’t get published. The question “Why have there been no great women artists?” has been asked countless times, and has been used as an incorrect basis for the belief that women just can’t produce good art. To quote Linda Nochlin from her essay titled after this question, “(b)ut in actuality, as we all know, things as they are and as they have been, in the arts as in a hundred other areas, are stultifying, oppressive, and discouraging to all those, women among them, who did not have the good fortune to be born white, preferably middle class and, above all, male. The fault lies not in our stars, our hormones, our menstrual cycles, or our empty internal spaces, but in our institutions and our education…”

So what can we do to help women that want to create art? How can we support them? The very first and easiest thing you can do is to buy their art. There’s tons of ways to support women in the arts like seeing the new Wonder Woman movie, which was directed by a women, or purchasing a book, album, or original piece of art. The next thing you can do is to attend local art shows featuring women’s art. You can also check out the National Museum of Women in the Arts for more ideas on how to advocate, and to donate to women in the arts.

Women are 51% of the world’s population, but their art is underrepresented. If you have seen Wonder Woman, which we highly recommend, you may have found yourself crying at moments that wouldn’t normally have brought tears to your eyes. Representation matters and you can show that by supporting women in all their artistic endeavors.