BY: NATANIA SHERMAN
|Hey, you can't argue with Queen Bey. (Source)|
|Whoops. Sorry I meant to say "equality." (Source)|
In an industry made up of predominantly women, where the top positions are still occupied primarily by men, it's important to recognize the contributions that women have made to the field. Although the industry is slowly changing, women are still experiencing a glass ceiling. despite that, Museum archives are replete with stories of women doing important work in museums. The Art Gallery of Ontario, for example, was largely sustained in it's formative years by a Women's Committee whose volunteer efforts actually helped the museum fundraise to acquire many of it's most well known pieces.
|Peggy Guggenheim collecting art with style. (Source)|
Collecting is another way that women have contributed to museums as we know them. In Toronto, Sonja Bata, of the Bata Shoe Organization, founded her own museum, the Bata Shoe Museum to make her vast collection of shoes available to the public. While we're on the topic of collectors, let's not forget about Peggy Guggenheim, my own personal style icon, who is founder of the Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Guggenheim is now a household name thanks to her savvy eye for art collecting.
|A Guerrilla Girls poster from 1989. The sad thing is it's still relevant. (Source)|