feminist journalism

Lydia Cacho (b. 1963) is an investigative journalist and human rights activist from Mexico. Her reporting has helped uncover numerous cases of violence and abuse against women and children.

She reported hundreds of cases of femicide throughout Mexico, and was arrested and beaten for her exposure of a pedophilia ring in her 2004 book Los demonios del Edén. She received numerous international awards for her work, from organizations such as Amnesty International, Oxfam, or UNESCO.

Hypatia was intimidatingly smart. You think you’re smart? You’re not Hypatia smart.

BASIC BIO: (c. 360 - 415 AD) Hypatia seemed destined for intellectual greatness, as the daughter of a well-known mathematician. She was educated in Athens and later ran the Neoplatonist School in Alexandria, when Egypt was under the control of Rome. Hypatia developed a reputation as a philosopher, mathematician, inventor, and astronomer. Though she was well-regarded and respected by many, Hypatia’s life ended when she was brutally murdered by a Christian mob (for her part in a political conflict between the city administration and the Church).

HER IMPACT: Some historians argue that Hypatia’s death was the end of the intellectual golden age in classical antiquity. Whether or not that is the case, Hypatia looms over the modern world. She has been the subject of books and plays, and lends her name to a journal of feminism and women’s studies. If you’re a fan of Rachel Weisz, like I am, you may know that she was the subject of the 2009 film Agora. It may not have been the most accurate, but God, it makes you feel for her.

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Women’s Art History Masterpost

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, feminist art scholar and research specialist at the Getty Research Institute, Anja Foerschner, selected key publications and journals for those want to explore art by women and feminist art.

The Feminist Art Journal (produced from 1972 to 1977).

The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community by Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James (1975).

Woman Artists 1550–1950 by Ann S. Harris (1977).

Chrysalis: A Magazine of Women’s Culture. (Produced from 1977 to 1980).
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Feminist Art Criticism: An Anthology by Arlene Raven, Cassandra Langer, and Joanna Ellen Frueh (1988).

Women, Art, and Power: And other Essays by Linda Nochlin (1988).

Women, Art, and Society by Whitney Chadwick (1990).

Art on My Mind: Visual Politics by Bell Hooks (1995).

Woven by the Grandmothers: Nineteenth-Century Navajo Textiles from the National Museum of the American Indian by Eulalie H. Bonar (1996).

Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party in Feminist Art History by Amelia Jones and Laura Cottingham (1996).

Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist by Judy Chicago (1997).

Angry Women by Andrea Juno and V. Vale (1999).

Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History by Harmony Hammond (2000).

Black Feminist Cultural Criticism by Jacqueline Bobo (2001).

The Black Female Body: A Photographic History by Deborah Willis and Carla Williams (2002).

Art/Women/California, 1950–2000: Parallels and Intersections by Diana Burgess Fuller and Daniela Salvioni (2002).

Dark Designs and Visual Culture by Michele Wallace (2004).

Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York by Midori Yoshimoto (2005).

WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution by Cornelia Butler and Lisa Gabrielle Mark (2007).

The Color of Stone: Sculpting the Black Female Subject in Nineteenth-Century America by Charmaine A. Nelson (2007).

Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities by Laura E. Pérez (2007).

Ana Mendieta by María Ruido (2008).

Visual and Other Pleasures by L. Mulvey (2009).

Modern Women: Women artists at the Museum of Modern Art by Cornelia H. Butler and Alexandra Schwartz (2010).

EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art by Kellie Jones (2011).

Women Building History: Public Art at the 1893 Columbian Exposition by Wanda M. Corn, Charlene G. Garfinkle, and Annelise K. Madsen (2011).

After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art by Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal, Sue Scott, Linda Nochlin (2013).

Visualizing Guadalupe: From Black Madonna to Queen of the Americas by Jeanette Favrot Peterson (2014).

Live Form: Women, Ceramics, and Community by Jenni Sorkin (2016).


We want this list to grow, so please reblog with your favorite resources on art by women and feminist art.

Shahla Sherkat (b. 1956) is one of the pioneers of the women’s rights movement in Iran. She is a psychologist and journalist who has been outspoken about the situation of women in the country, often experiencing legal issues because of it.

She is the founder of Zanan magazine, considered the most important women’s journal published after the Iranian revolution. She often had to appear in court for publishing content deemed controversial, in areas ranging from politics to sex, and at one point even had to spend four months in prison. In 2005 she received the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.

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