Art has always proved to be one of the most powerful and strongest voices for any activity or revolution. Feminism was of course not different. It found its ways of expression through art over the years.
First-wave feminism was a period of activity during the 19th century and early 20th century. In the United Kingdom and the United States, it focused on the promotion of equal contract, marriage, parenting, and property rights for women. By the end of the 19th century, activism focused primarily on gaining political power, particularly the right of women’s suffrage, though some feminists were active in campaigning for women’s sexual, reproductive, and economic rights as well.
The Feminist art movement emerged in the late 1960s during the “second-wave” of feminism in the United States and England, but was preceded by a long history of feminist activism, amidst the commitment of anti-war demonstrations as well as civil and queer rights movements.
Feminist artists sought to change the world around them through their art, focusing on intervening in the established art world, the art historical canon, as well as everyday social interactions.