Fast Five Facts: Women in Culture
Posted on 28 March 2017
To close out our month long series celebrating Women's History Month, we're proud to present you some of the most amazing cultural contributions women have made through history. Enjoy!
The world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, was published in Japan around A.D. 1000 by female author Murasaki Shikibu. It is still revered today for its masterful observations about court life and has been translated into dozens of languages. (Pictured: A tapestry depicting Murasaki Shikibu writing)
In the Baroque Period (1600 – 1750) when female painters had to struggle for acceptance, Artemesia Gentileschi was the first female to be accepted by the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence. A follower of the style popularized by Caravaggio, her work often depicts the passion and suffering of mythological and biblical women. (Pictured: Self Portrait of Gentileschi wearing a bohemian headband)
Women often wrote under pen names in times when it was not seen as appropriate for them to contribute to literature. Even some female authors who are highly acclaimed today had to resort to fake names. Jane Austen published Sense and Sensibility and her acclaimed novel Pride and Prejudice under the pen name "A Lady." (Pictured: A portrait of Jane Austen circa 1813)
In the early years of the blues from 1910 to 1925, the vast majority of singers were women. It might go against the common idea of just what the blues are or what they should sound like, but new research has found that some of the biggest players in the form of music were actually women. (Pictured: Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues)
In 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She won the award for her novel The Age of Innocence, a story set in upper-class New York during the 1870s. (Pictured: A portrait of Edith Wharton commissioned shortly after winning her Pulitzer Prize)
Bonus Fact: African-American performer Josephine Baker was a secret operative working in France during WWII. Under the guise as a singer, dancer and actress, she was also helping the war movement by smuggling numerous messages to French soldiers. She often hid messages inside her dress or concealed them with invisible ink on her sheet music. Baker’s work in the war is only part of what makes her such an amazing figure. She was also the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, perform in a concert hall and play a big role in the Civil Rights Movement.
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