“Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.” — Margaret Sanger
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Art’s been a big part of my life since just about forever. I come from a musical family and my father has advocated to keep the arts and music in schools for what seems like one million years. So when I learned about the Guerrilla Girls , I damn near “peed- mah-pants” (figuratively, of course). Here’s an initiative I believe in .The Guerrila Girls have been advocating for equality in the arts since 1985 and they’re still going strong. What’s really neat is all these years, the members have kept their identities anonymous. Member take the names of dead female artists as pseudonyms (so cool) and post funny, political, art questioning societal standards- when it comes to not just art but also social issues that involve inequality for women. They started out in New York City out of frustration, as women and people of color were extremely underrepresented in NYC art galleries.
When making public presentations, the women (there are no male members) wear disguises involving gorilla masks. Pretty clever, if you ask me. One of their most well know posters from 1989 presented the hideous statistic that only 5% of the work in the Modern Arts section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art were women. Today it’s only 3%! Depending on how you look at it, maybe it’s a step up that the percentage of female nudes in the Met Museum has gone down since 1989 from 85% to 83%. Whoop-di-freakin-do. We’ve got a lot more work to do, with stats like that.
I consider their whole agenda pretty bad ass. And I secretly want to be a Guerrilla Girl. Of course, I am not and will not be one, as they don’t usually accept new members into their small group (I looked it up). Nonetheless, I support them and I’ll definitely be putting up some of their posters when I get to New York, as I’ll be moving there in the next few months. You go, Guerrilla Girls!