Proceedings of The 5th World Conference on Research in Social Sciences
The Path to Womanhood: An Analytical and Historical Study on Feminism and Feminist Art History
Throughout history, women have been neglected from their basic rights and freedom of certain practices. Their lives and futures were dictated to them by political and societal affairs, and they were not permitted to develop a sense of identity and individuality. However, the mid-nineteenth century marked a revolutionary period in women’s history through a movement that would later establish sufficient changes in their lives, known as the Feminist movement. To advocate feminism, feminist artists became pivotal actors to spread the word about equality through their artistic creations. To understand the history of these changes, this paper aims to give a historical overview and response as to 1- What is feminism? 2- How did Feminist art come to be?, 3- How did feminism and Feminist art change the conception of art in the art world?, and 4- What does the future behold for feminist artists? To answer the former questions, the author aims to use the qualitative historical-analytical research method through the study of historical and theoretical literary works in English and recorded visual documents of the said period collected from libraries in Hungary and other open resources.
keywords: Women, History, Liberation, Art history, Women’s Rights