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Poetry and feminism go hand in hand, as illustrated by the feminist poet warriors of the past and present, including Adrienne Rich, Ann Sexton, Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood to name a few. In her famous essay "Poetry is Not a Luxury," Audre Lorde expertly expresses the linkage of feminism and poetic verse: "For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and ... Read More
Trigger Warning: slightly graphic imagery For the artist Eliza Bennett, her flesh is her medium; in embroidering her palm with thick threads, she hopes to explore the ways in which we view gender roles. Her hand, swollen and bruised by her own careful work, is titled “A Woman’s Work Is Never Done,” and her gruesomely precise handiwork serves to remind the viewer of the strife of women laborers, many of whom are paid far less than their male ... Read More
Let me preface this with a statement of reassurance: I struggle with optical illusions, and this one took me about five minutes of unwavering perseverance. Yes, it might look like an average parrot with an oddly shaped tail feather, but believe it or not, that is an actual lady. Johannes Stötter, an artist based in Italy and 2012 Body Painting World Champion, reportedly spent four weeks planning the painting in extreme detail to get the effect just right. ... Read More
Photo by Blue   A woman sits alone beneath hundreds of dangling scissors; they teeter above her, metallic mouths open and sharp edges facing downwards. Calmly, she sews. As part of 2011’s The Mending Project, the performance artist Beili Liu put herself in this position, asking audience members to cut away portions of a large piece of fabric and patiently threading it back together.   Photo by Rino Pizzi   In juxtaposing the ... Read More
 “What are women’s human rights?  Are all women given the same rights? Are men and women equal yet?  What are your hopes for the world’s women and girls in the decade ahead?” These are all questions the International Museum of Women is asking people across the globe…through art. The organization recently launched a huge-scale art project to raise awareness about what we STILL need to achieve for gender equality. ... Read More
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