Selected Essays by Judy Chicago

In addition to Chicago’s books, the artist has also written a number of essays, some of which are posted here: 


What is Feminist Art?

"Feminist Art is all the stages of a woman giving birth to herself."

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Why Study Feminism? 

“…women are caught in a cycle of repetition. They go through life experiences that others have had and theorized about without being able to build upon those theories. That is why feminism is important, especially - though not exclusively - for women. Feminism represents a body of knowledge that allows us to break the cycle of repetition and live our lives based upon KNOWLEDGE rather than IGNORANCE.”

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Made in California: Feminist Art Education

Published in Jill Fields’ Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists

“One reason for my staunch and abiding commitment to feminism is that its principles provide valuable tools for empowerment, and not only for women.  In my view, feminist values are rooted in an alternative to the prevailing view of relations of power, which involves power over others.  In contrast, feminism promotes personal empowerment, something that, when connected with education, becomes a potent tool for individual and social change..”

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