From Cleopatra to Queen Elizabeth, powerful women have always found meaningful ways to lead in society. Unfortunately, however political and economic systems often shut out women. As a result, many women have turned to the art world seeking respect and equality. However, what they find when they get there is far from perfect.
Women are Fighting Gender Inequality in the Art World
Women have often struggled to achieve recognition in the art world. Of course, there have been thousands of influential female artists over the years. However, these women had to fight hard to achieve notoriety.
University scholars recently published findings on gender equality in the arts and entertainment industry. On a positive note, they did find evidence of gender equality in limited parts of the television business. However, the vast majority of film and visual media is still impacted by gender inequality. This is true in both prestige and pay.
Vogue recently published an article highlighting what women in the arts are doing to empower others like themselves.
Museum curators and artists must work together to make sure more female artists put on shows. Female artists must also be included in more permanent collections, as currently museums are dominated by men.
Unfortunately, inequality in the arts is a self-perpetuating problem. Men hold the majority of the top positions both at museums and in media. As a result, the few pioneering women who have climbed to the top of the art world are key. Together, they can forge a future where the art world is free from its current strain of gender bias.