Grace Wakeling ’21
The Guerrilla Girls, who are feminist activist group of anonymous artists, protest the ideas of any mainstream exclusion of any gender and race by revealing that oftentimes normal is unfair. Using pseudonyms of famous female artists, these women remain anonymous in order to maintain strict focus on their messages rather than attracting any attention to the individuals. This group famously reinvents posters and artworks in order to bring attention to issues of gender and racial inequality. These women protest the norm, and they do so without seeking personal fame or financial gain. They stand for human rights and they stand for what they believe in for the soul purpose of standing up for what they believe in.
Another feminist group, the Feminist Studio Workshop, was founded by three women who worked for CalArts. When they became frustrated with their male dominated workplace, this group began and it has become a renowned independent workshop for women. In fact, it was the first of its kind. The three women who founded this organization are Judy Chicago, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and Arlene Raven. All three of them are experienced artists who had been representing feminism within the art world long before they decided to completely desert men in the artist community. By removing themselves from their “normal”, male dominated workplace, they peacefully protested the societal norm of men being the prominent people group in a workplace.
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