Apparently I’ve been living under a rock, since I just heard about the Guerrilla Girls today, although they’ve been active since the 80’s. Their mission is to bring attention to the fact that very few galleries or art museums feature women artists or artists of color. You can find out more about the Guerrilla Girls here.
Amy and I decided to get a bit of fresh air and a change of scenery, and decided to visit the Georgia Museum of Art this afternoon. They have a permanent collection heavy on american folk art (not my favorite) but like all art museums they also feature traveling exhibits. One was “Not ready to make nice”, featuring the mission and graphic art of the Guerrilla Girls.
As someone who’s been in the IT world for the last 14 years, where women are seriously under represented and often discriminated against, I’m disgusted that we’re still having these conversations. And then I read this in the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/online-feminists-increasingly-ask-are-the-psychic-costs-too-much-to-bear/2015/02/19/3dc4ca6c-b7dd-11e4-a200-c008a01a6692_story.html
This is ridiculous. Women are just as smart, and creative, and driven, and innovative, and logical, and capable as men. Women aren’t asking to rule the world (we should be so lucky) they are asking for equal opportunity when they’re equally qualified, and equal pay for equal quality work. I don’t blame the Guerrilla Girls for turning that request into a demand, I applaud them.
“There’s no such thing as a glass ceiling for women. It’s just a thick layer of men.” ― Laura Liswood