Gender Inequality in the Arts
Gender Inequality in the Arts
Why this Issue is Important: A Balance of Culture
This topic should matter to others
: because art is culture. And culture matters because it is part of our identity as humans. It is what makes us feel home. If there in an inequality in the arts, it speaks to all genders not feeling like they have full control over their culture and identity, and it perpetuates marginalization and a lack of free expression
Everyone should be able to express themselves freely and get the recognition they deserve. As a society, we should be able to appreciate and cultivate a creative genius when one comes along, and not be influenced to like or dislike their work
based off of their gender
Women still get marginalized today in every career path
: This issue isn’t just about the arts, it’s about women in the workforce. It’s about women having their voices heard, politically and socially
culture is a part of everyone
: Culture could be so much more rich and fulfilling if more voices are heard and appreciated
Expression is a very important part of being a human
: and I want my work in this project to show people that even though they may not understand art, they can appreciate the creation of culture/expression by all kinds of different people
culture can grow and flourish if more artists from all different backgrounds are appreciated.
Art is one of the best tools for future people to look back on our generation
and understand what our society was like. Don’t we want to make the most of that opportunity?
whether or not someone enjoys the arts, these lessons of why this inequality has occurred is valuable to everyone, especially women, in seeing that this problem
relates to all women in the workforce
. We all need to take this information, across career paths, and band together as a nation of powerful women in order to make this change
We need to create more equality within the creation of culture because it will enhance freedom of speech
more people will get their voices heard/ more people will address certain issues in society = more perspective
If there was more integration of male and female artists into galleries and museums, the shows would be even better and culture would flourish = wouldn't that be exciting!
Women's Work Vs. Men's Work (Undervalued/ underrepresentation)
when women make work that ties into their historical roots, it gets looked down upon (i.e. using fabric)
that relate to the history of being a women are perceived to be less academic than others
: women throughout history didn’t get the recognition they deserved, so a lot of museums are still dominated by male artists. This causes the perception that the art made by women is not as valuable as the art made by men. Women usually can’t set their prices as high as men can. Women’s art doesn’t have the same history as the art made by men. Therefore, it hasn’t had its chance to acquire fame
A lot of women are the subjects of paintings in museums, instead of the actual artists who complete the works.
There isn’t an equal amount of female and male artists in museums and galleries
The effect of this
: not including more female artists in museums and galleries perpetuates the notion that women are not as good as men. And this needs to change in every aspect of society, but the arts are certainly one area that this shows up big time.
Another reason why this inequality has manifested
all boils down to the perspective that women are not as good as men
This information is valuable
: for everyone to understand that women have always been smart and capable of creating brilliant artwork (and just being powerful in general), they just didn’t get the acclaim they deserved because of their gender
Art made by women has always been as good the art made by men, it is just highly marginalized and practically placed to a double standard
Women usually can't sell their work for as much as male artists can
Women’s art is often advertised as such, which differentiates it from male art, and thus, lessens it. Further, women usually don’t get integrated into shows dominated my male artists
A solution to this
: There needs to either be more female artists who make cerebral/conceptual work, or there needs to be more appreciation for a women’s art that has to do with her history of being a woman
The Artist Archatype is usually assigned to men
the creative genius archetype is usually assigned to men
Men dominate the workforce
because the ideal worker is more aligned to what society allows a man’s life to look like. For example, society accepts an angry man who works hard and assumes little to no responsibility in the home. A businessman basically is a representation of that. A man is allowed to dedicate all his time to his career and ignore other elements of life.
Society says that a woman has to develop her role as a domestic figure before she can chase her career. Women usually get stuck taking care of the baby/family.
the fact that intelligence is automatically assigned to men is the real issue here
women are perceived to not have the same caliber of work as men in the arts because of this
The artist is similar to the businessman in that he is expected to commit his entire life to his career and ignore every other aspect of life (like family, friends, household duties, etc.)
Pay gap: I’ve learned that men dominate in basically every career path, and get paid more for the same job. They automatically get perceived as being smarter and more creative simply because having a career is aligned with being a man in general.
A man gets to be a businessman/ go getter in the world, but a woman can only do that once she has taken care of the kids and fulfilled her domestic roles. And even then, a woman is not taken as seriously as a man is
Women have a harder time acquiring fame than men
why: a female entrepreneur assuming the “role of the man” is threatening to the dominating men in society. And the way we have handled any sort of uprising power from a woman in society is by squashing her down
To fix this
: we need to get the public to understand that women are smart and can be successful if they have the right tools to
Perhaps if women were perceived as creative geniuses more often, this wouldn’t be a problem.
Women and men should have equal roles in the household, and this should also translate into the work force where women get equal recognition and pay as men. It’s the right thing to do
Even though women were marginalized all throughout history due to their role as the “housewife,” we shouldn’t keep this perspective up in modern day society
This should matter
to others because this is extremely unfair
there is power in having all female artist shows. But also, these all women’s shows can be problematic
: Why do we have to have separate shows for women? Is it a good thing to create separate shows to celebrate women throughout history that never got their chance to shine?
: advertizing shows should not be labeled as women’s shows, but contain mostly art made by women. This could take away preconceived notions of how good the art is.
lets quit marketing shows as “art made by women.” It’s all art, regardless of which gender created it
The only way to surprise them is excel. And the way women can truly excel is by getting more female artists out there showing their work
get more information out there to the public about this injustice
Solo shows vs group shows
: Female artists need more solo shows. But then again, it could feel empowering to be a part of an all-female group show. It’s almost like a protest in a sense. And it does indeed get a lot of work by women out at once.
Not only does there need to be more shows dedicated to female artists, but there needs to be more of a blend between male are and female art
All scholars agree that there needs to be more work by women shown, but people disagree about how to go about that, or simply don’t offer explicit things everyone can do to create this change
Showing more work made by women
: is an excellent idea, but there’s a careful way to do it that isn’t offensive. I want to use my knowledge to celebrate women in the arts, not segregate them
The more women’s work gets out there, the more it will come to be appreciated—I hope
Perhaps people will support female artists by attending their shows and purchasing their art if they feel the urge to balance out this gender bias (once they are aware of it)
Media and Textbook Coverage of Female artists
thinks that the reason why women are so underrepresented in the arts is that there isn’t enough media coverage, so people are more inclined to think that there just aren’t female artists out there that are actually good
A solution to this: textbooks need to be rewritten and require that there to be a balance of female and male artists
The more people that are talking about a subject, the more people are likely to accept whatever the controversial subject is. In this case, it's women in the arts
Data shows that female artists are not being covered by the media as much as men are
female artists don’t get taught as much in schools (in art history classes) I have data to back this up.
The gender pay gap is problem in the arts, but also in every career path, too
Women’s art is seen as crafts, and men’s art is seen as an accomplishment
By being aware that there is a gender bias in the arts, we as a society can go back and try to get rid of the stigma that women can't be artists, which has persisted throughout history
more female critics and curators: there needs to be more of a balance of female curators and male curators because women know that other women are smart. That could really change things.
I agree with almost all my sources in that women need to have more opportunities to show their work, but I want to add the idea of having more women as curators and critics in journals as a way to remedy this. If there were more women in that highly esteemed role in the arts, there would inevitably be less gender bias.