As a first year art teacher I enthusiastically tacked up posters of Picasso's works, read books about Matisse and demonstrated Monet inspired brush strokes. One day, I heard a tiny voice ask, " All of the these artists are men, aren't there any girls?"
I immediately went to the library to research female artists. I had numerous art history classes in college. It never occurred to me that we viewed slide after slide of male artists, almost exclusively. I'm grateful to that seven year old girl who wanted to be an artist and see a reflection of herself in the art she was seeing.
Historically, women were discouraged from pursuing art as a career. These women ignored naysayers and continue to inspire young artists today......