Jackie Reeves 

There is a common theme running through the work I have selected for She Marches On.  Although it has been 100 years since women have had the right to vote in the United States, it is clear that there is still much work to be done toward gender equality here and around the globe. With these art works I aim to capture this continuing struggle.

It is with gratitude and appreciation that I look back on what our foremothers endured while fighting to amend the constitution which gave birth to the first wave of feminism. As we know, waves don’t stop coming and we are now riding the fourth wave with the #MeToo movement. 

As a female artist I can’t help but feel frustration toward the bigger art world which still overwhelmingly supports men over women in museum purchases, gallery art sales and exhibition opportunities. The statistics are alarming and disheartening to say the least. Raising three daughters has also made it abundantly clear that we have not made a lot of progress in addressing the issue of objectification of women and girls in media and entertainment.  These frustrations are plain to see in Muffled, Finish Line, Battle Ground and Sh-Boom.

However, I cannot deny the strength and resilience of women and my faith in us to heal the world. In First Wave, She Fits and The Architect’s Wife was an Architect Too, I celebrate this incredible female power.

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