Babe, Broad, Bitch / Mrs. Ms. Miss
AIGA Get Out the Vote: Empowering the Women’s Vote
Submitted By: Karen Cheng
AIGA Chapter: Seattle
Artist Statement: A century ago, women were primarily seen as wives and mothers. They were caretakers of the home, while men went out into the world of work. One hundred years later, women have far more choices. We can earn wages (although less than men), and we can (with much effort) pursue ambitions in public and private spheres. This change in the roles and expectations for women was greatly advanced when women fought for and won the right to vote.
However, this freedom comes at a cost. Women today struggle to balance multiple roles: wife, creative, mother, manager, girlfriend, lover, boss. The narrow path between what was traditionally considered masculine or feminine is full of contradictions: women should be assertive but not bossy; nice but not passive; caring but not weak.
Still, I believe the modern situation represents progress. The defined gender roles of the past may have been familiar and comforting, but they were also stifling and limiting—for both men and women. Solving the critical issues facing our society today—global warming, poverty, inequality, violence—will require all of our intellectual and physical resources, both male and female. Each of us has a unique, multidimensional perspective shaped by a specific lived experience. It is our collective responsibility to be informed, and to vote for solutions that we support.
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