For self-proclaimed social justice artist Sanna Legan, winning the U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts award was more than just an honor, it was a call to action. Although wary of accepting given the current administration, Legan ultimately decided to use her platform for good stating that her art is “nothing if not shared.” To Legan, coming face to face with President Trump at the White House reminded her of the importance of art in activism. Her art covers topics often glossed over- such as eating disorders and the pressure to stay silent after sexual assault. Legan hopes that her work can connect with her viewers and inspire change throughout society.
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This year, largely due to companies such as Netflix, the rom-com era is making a comeback. However, there is a limited amount of lesbian love stories. As Kobler requests, “Hallmark, let’s make the yuletide gay.”
Artist Betty Tompkins has been painting text-based works of demeaning words and phrases used to describe women from 2002-2015. In response to the #MeToo Movement, the artist is using her work in a new exhibition, “Will She Ever Shut Up?”
A series of murals of feminist icons have been placed all across London in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the UK’s first laws giving many women the right to vote. The murals contain 50 women from the past (such as Sojourner Truth and Sophia Duleep Singh) and present (Malala Yousafzai) who have played a role in the fight for equal rights.
Despite sharing stages with Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Jimi Hendrix, this all-female rock band never got their “big break.” Now, with all the members well into their 70s, Ace of Cups has come back to record an album nearly five decades later.
In response to leading publications putting mostly men in their “Year in Pictures” review, Women Photograph have compiled their own list that reflects the underrepresented voices of those in their organization.
Though hip-hop is often criticized for its degrading lyrics about women, female rap is essential for the empowerment of Black women. Sesali Bowen explains, “Female rappers allow Black women to envision a world where our needs, desires, and identities come first.”