Feminist Faves: The Best of Women Artists

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With everything going on in the world, art is an amazing way to not only find inspiration, but to feel less alone and more in power.

For your viewing pleasure, we rounded up some of our favorite women artist’s work from this week—

Photographer and director Ashley Armitage took these amazing shots of fellow artist Mary Benoit brushing out her armpit hair. We love the simplicity and vulnerability of this shot, but we love the message even more: normalize body hair!


*Disclaimer: This is my work.* This is a set of film photos from a prochoice event I threw in order to combine my two passions: art and activism. The result was these photos of other young activists from all over California, all of whom are proudly standing up and speaking out for reproductive justice.

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believe us when we tell you what harms us. believe us when we tell you the ways the world hurts, ignores, punishes, vilifies, ridicules, excludes, legislates against, stigmatises, objectifies, hypersexualises, and kills us. believe us when we tell you you’re contributing to our pain, to our exclusion, to our suffering. believe our own voices and our own experiences as the truth, and believe that we are best placed to tell our own stories. believe us when we tell you our governments are making life a living hell for us, even if you get by just fine. believe us when we express our suffering, even if that suffering is far removed from your own existence. and uplift us, in every way you can. uplift our voices, our perspectives, our lives and loves. uplift and amplify our experiences by passing the mic to us, by seeking us out for jobs, for opportunities, for support and help. recognise that all our struggles are different but overlapping, that we have more that unites us than divides us, and that we have to be each others’ biggest allies, especially when the world is cold and cruel. when governments are led by hateful, incompetent rich cishet men who would seek to divide and rule like in the days of the empire. when countries reinforce borders in a world that should have none; when those borders become concentration camps where families of colour and trans women of colour are mistreated and killed. when queer people are abducted and murdered for existing. when the british government deports queer people of colour to countries that the empire made intolerant to queerness in the first place. when islamophobia and antisemitism is rife in not only society but propagated by the upper echelons of mainstream media and government in order to keep us fighting each other and not them. when the list of atrocities is neverending and painful. hold each other close- be each others’ biggest support. believe in each others’ strengths, in each others’ resilience, in each others’ unending struggle to not only survive but thrive. believe each others’ struggles even when they’re different from your own. and to the rest of you: uplift our voices and identities. believe us.

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“Indian, feminist, trans/genderfluid” illustrator Anshika Khullar shares this powerful piece all about believing and uplifting various groups of oppressed people. Not only is this illustration powerful, but Khullar wrote a beautiful caption to accompany it, urging us to support each other—even if we can’t personally relate to each other’s struggles.

Brooklyn-based artist Eva Evans made this amazing short film titled “Girls Will Be,” which gives viewers “an uncomfortably firsthand close-up of the loss of innocence of a teen girl as her desire to be accepted by peers—and by extension society—makes her vulnerable to their perversely warped value system.” To watch the full film, click here.


London- and Amsterdam-based photographer and director Sophie Ebrard shared this beautiful image of her breastfeeding, along with the heartbreaking story of how she lost a job after she informed them she would be breastfeeding her baby during her lunch break. Ebrard hit back by self-publishing a piece about what she felt was a failure of the creative industry on their commitment to true equality. To read the piece, click here.

Self-described as “the feminist you were warned about,” Caitlin Blunnie shares this beautiful drawing with an important message: We must resist. Blunnie dedicates most of her artwork to fighting for reproductive justice, but no matter the feminist cause, all her drawings are empowering, radical and oh-so-very beautiful.


Photographer and art director Carlota Guerrero shares this beautiful dreamy image along with a “vagina poem” that reminds us of our one true home: ourselves.

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Lise | 18 | Student Heritage? I am Puerto-Rican, born and raised in Manhattan. Do you think there is one last Republican politician left who has a backbone? No, I don’t believe so. How do you react to strangers who call you names? It makes me uncomfortable, so usually I can get by pretending to speak only Spanish or just ignoring them altogether. Do you know somebody who drinks too much? Would you consider to tell him/her? Maybe my mother, but I wouldn’t because she usually doesn’t drink enough at once for it to be dangerous. Ever hurt yourself? I have before but not for a long time. Last documentary you watched? Last documentary would be on black men were wrongly incarcerated, but I don’t remember the name exactly. What kind of music do you listen to? I mainly listen to electronic music, but I also enjoy kpop. What gender you identify with? I don’t identify with a specific gender myself, I consider a person above all. Boys or girls for sex? For love? I don’t prefer a gender for sex or love. I’m very big on whether I just find someone attractive. What gets you up in the morning? Work, mostly. Sometimes I’d rather stay in bed. Do you like yourself naked? Not all the time, maybe sometimes. It’s very off and on with me. What do you dis-like about yourself? Maybe my inability to love myself. Do you think being ‘body positive’ means we can crucify every person who wants to lose weight? No, of course not. Society has their own views, but it’s more about how comfortable someone is with themselves. Targeting people doesn’t help with that. How many people do you want to date at the same time – in best case? Best case scenario? Maybe 2? I’m very happy with the idea of loving two people who also love each other, but it’s unrealistic. Too many people can get weird quickly. Have you ever been in love? I’ve been in love with someone for a while. It’s unrequited, but it’s not a big deal to me. I have a tendency to develop feelings really easily. Last time you cried? Sunday after the pride parade. The amount of acceptance and love was so overwhelming. Thank you @lovely__lise Summer 2019 | New York City

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Karina Rozwadowska dedicates her work to “documenting daily female life”—resulting in truly powerful work. This portrait of a young student comes with a beautiful interview that has us falling in love with both of them.

If you’d like to find more amazing artists, check out GiF (dedicated to promoting women in film), Girlgaze (dedicated to female-identifying and non-binary photographers) or Women Artists (dedicated to women in the visual arts).


Ali Marsh is an editorial intern at Ms. Magazine in Los Angeles. A rising senior at American University, Ali is majoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a double minor in Justice and Studio Art. She is a self-published author of a writing/film photo book based off her six months of solo backpacking across Europe. She was one of the focuses of a Vice documentary series about inspirational women, and her activism has led her to be featured in Time Magazine, i-D, New York Times, Quartz, LadyGunn, Topshop and more. She is known for her frequent live streams on Instagram where she discusses politics and current events. You can find her here Instagram