Wonder Woman

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.

 

 

He for She

Your DGB for today is to stand up and be counted as a person committed to creating a gender equal world.

By adding your name to the UN Women’s project “He for She” (and posting about it on social media), you’re amplifying their mission to improve women’s lives all over the globe. The United Nations formed UN Women in 2010 as the U.N.’s “Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.” In doing so, the United Nations has endorsed the principle exemplified by Hillary Clinton’s 1995 speech to the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women: “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.” Kofi Annan, who served as the United Nations’ Secretary-General for nine years, went on to say that “...study after study has taught us that there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, or to reduce infant and maternal mortality. No other policy is as sure to improve nutrition and promote health -- including the prevention of HIV/AIDS. No other policy is as powerful in increasing the chances of education for the next generation. And I would also venture that no policy is more important in preventing conflict, or in achieving reconciliation after a conflict has ended.”

After you’ve channeled your inner Wonder Woman and committed to world-wide female empowerment, check out the ideas the UN offers for how to get involved in the areas that interest you most.