Feminism, (n): The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
If there’s one thing that makes us feminists grin from ear to ear, it’s no-holds-barred, in-your-face, unapologetic feminism. Not only do we go rah rah about girl power and those among us who wear our feminism proudly, we’re even more inspired when a feisty group of femme fatales sport their identity as ONE COHESIVE UNIT.
Works by Women San Francisco is proud to introduce one such movement that is unleashing its feminist motto loud and clear all over the world. If you haven’t heard of them already, that is. They call themselves Guerrilla Girls. Armed with gorilla masks, they are an offshoot of a group of anonymous firebrand feminists shining a beacon of hope to women in the visual fine arts world, standing up for gender parity and fighting sexism tirelessly through various demonstrations. Why anonymous, you may ask. In their own words: “Mainly, we wanted the focus to be on the issues, not on our personalities or our own work.”
A movement that’s been active for as long as it has, it shows no sign of abating. Some of their recent activities have included appearances and lectures at various universities on the east coast and a conference on feminine perspectives in art in Spain among many others, and many more to come in the coming year. Readings and workshops can be arranged upon request.
Make no mistake about it – the movement is not mere sloganeering. They have been the recipients of rich praise from some top names as also the appreciation of women artists, and indeed, women, worldwide. Who else but Gloria Steinem to say it best: “Their message celebrates each woman’s uniqueness. By insisting on a world as if women mattered, and also the joy of getting there, the Guerrilla Girls pass the ultimate test: they make us both laugh and fight; both happy and strong.”
Image courtesy Guerrilla Girls – Posters
Editor’s note: Several erratum, as noticed by the Guerrilla Girls, have been corrected and the correct attributions made. WWSF apologizes for the errors.