Feminism

66 Women Artists You Should Know by Leslie Fandrich

In art school we learned about classic artists and "masters", art movements and art history, but somehow only a few women got into the textbooks and lectures. "The Masters" were mostly men. It wasn't because of lack of talent, women just didn't have the same opportunities or support. The ones who persevered can stand just as tall as any of the men creating work at the same time. These ladies rock.

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Rebecca Darlington: Another Life by Leslie Fandrich

Thirteen years ago, on her 45th birthday, Rebecca Darlington decided to finally focus on being an artist. She was out for dinner with her husband and three youngest boys (out of five!) and sitting near her was a woman turning ninety. Watching this woman celebrate her 90th year made Rebecca realize that anything was possible and that it might be time to get back to her roots of making fine art.

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Yearlong Creative Projects by Leslie Fandrich

Oh how I admire yearlong creative projects. The dedication, the planning and the thought that goes into these just blows me away. I'd like to do my own someday, I think, but for now I will just admire them from afar.

Check out this video. Jonathan Britnell shot video every single day last year and used one second from each day to make this incredibly moving portrait of his life.

Amazing, right?

Last year, Amy Turn Sharp wrote one poem every day, and Lisa Congdon posted an illustrated quote to her blog every day. I loved those two projects and they were so inspiring to me throughout the year.

This year, Lisa is teaming up with Maria Popova from Brain Pickings (one of my favorite places to find cool new ideas) to publish the site The Reconstructionists. It launched today with four portraits and biographies of incredible women who changed the way we see the world. Read more about it on Lisa's blog.

Each Monday they will post a new portrait and I'm looking forward to seeing who they will feature. Joan of Arc? Nora EphronMarie CurieAmelia Earhart? This is such a brilliant idea, I wish I had thought of it myself!

I did some research for my son's science fair last year and I was amazed at the small number of women scientists I could find information for. I used Jane Goodall and Mae Jamison in the materials I prepared and it got me thinking about how we present role models to our young girls (and boys too!) It's so important to present a balanced view of both genders (and all races) so that we can all find someone we can see ourselves in. Hopefully this site will go a long way to making role models for our girls more accessible.

Are there any year-long creative projects that you know of? Are you doing one yourself? Please let me know in the comments!

xo