Stealing Women’s Work

StlngWmWrkHave you ever noticed how the first line of many female artists’ mini biography is mention of the male artist who influenced her? That does not tend to happen in male bios. Their first line usually states their most important accomplishment. Apparently, what’s most important about a woman is whatever man she happened to stand next to.

The same dismissal of genius and innovation happens to women authors, philosophers, inventors, and so on.

I wonder how often the woman in question was the actual influence and was robbed of credit so men could be the ones to profit from her innovations. I believe it happened a lot. In any case, our society, by rote of sexist biographical structure, dismisses and hides the innovative brilliance of many women.

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