Once you fall in love with empowering women, there’s no turning back. Your perspective changes, your love of self changes, and most importantly your appreciation for the power of our youth becomes a powerful love affair.
On International Women’s Day, Gucci’s Chime For Change, Beyonce’s BeyGood Foundation, Global Citizen Festival and our new female initiative ArtLeadHER made a pledge for #GirlPower. Our collaboration hosted an arts workshop and panel discussion for under advantaged girls from various parts of New York City. Three dozen young ladies that work with organizations Black Girls Rock, the Rtd Rffect and Lower East Side Girls Club had the opportunity to sit with visual artists Swoon, Zaria Forman, Ingrid Burley and Jody Levy at the Joseph Gross Gallery. The conversation was hosted by Alicia Quarels and presented by Mashonda Tifrere.
Though we live in a generation where women leaders are on a steady rise, there are still challenges that are marked by living in a patriarchal society. Looking at the ratio of men to women representation in the arts for example, highlights quite a jarring disproportion of artist depiction. While 51% of visual artists in present day identify as women, only 28% of museum solo exhibitions actually spotlight them…