The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist

A serendipitous moment, considering it being the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day tomorrow, when a page in a book on my desk was open at the Guerrilla Girls poster work;

'The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist:

Working without the pressure of success.
Not having to be in shows with men.
Having an escape from the art world in your 4 free-lance jobs.
Knowing your career might pick up after you're eighty.
Being reassured that whatever kind of art you make it will be labeled feminine.
Not being stuck in a tenured teaching position.
Seeing your ideas live on in the work of others.
Having the opportunity to choose between career and motherhood.
Not having to choke on those big cigars or paint in Italian suits.
Having more time to work when your mate dumps you for someone younger.
Being included in revised versions of art history.
Not having to undergo the embarrassment of being called a genius.
Getting your picture in the art magazines wearing a gorilla suit.

A public service message from GUERRILLA GIRLS conscience of the Art World. 1988'

(Uta Grosenick, (Ed) 2003, Women Artists in the 20th and 21st Century, Taschen, GmbH, p.73)

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