Still a man’s art world: The gendered experiences of women artists
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The social organization of art and artistic reputation are imperative to one's success as an artist—but how does the current art world allow for women? Self-employed women pursuing artistic careers in the U.S. encounter gendered barriers both in the education/work world and from the family. I analyze interviews with 21 women artists, noting how as women became and began working as artists, they had to balance and negotiate constraints in these areas. Thus, gendered expectations appear in both personal and professional sectors of women's lives as they pursue artistic careers in contemporary society.