Let’s begin with the idea that you aren’t born a great woman artist.
You are not born great and you are not born a woman. Those are both traits that you pick up along the way. It will be easier for you to become a woman than it will for you to become great. (Society will constantly remind you that you’re becoming a woman, but greatness is going to come from somewhere else.)
In The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir wrote, “one becomes a genius; and the feminine situation has up to the present rendered this becoming practically impossible.” Don’t worry—there are ways around this. We’ll get to that.
The Second Sex was published in 1949. Twenty years later, Vassar professor Linda Nochlin published an essay titled, “” She calls out the institution, rather than the individual, as the reason. When it came to second wave feminism, she argued, the art world was left behind.
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