Women in Leadership

This print is composed of sets of faces in three registers.  Along the top, in a black stripe, is a repeated, closely cropped image of a woman's face looking to the left.  In the middle left are five repeated images in shades of brown of a woman's face looking right, toward the face of a man in black.  Along the bottom are three large images of a woman's face in green, brown and blue.
Elizabeth Catlett
Malcolm X Speaks for Us
linoleum cut on paper
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Gift of Elizabeth Catlett
In this drawing, four women walkshoulder to shoulder toward the left. They are wearing long skirts of the early twentieth century and sashes, and they are carrying pendants over their right shoulders and small pieces of paper in their left.
John Sloan
Votes for Women
crayon, ink, and graphite on white paper
8 9/16 in x 11 in (21.75 cm x 27.94 cm);14 3/8 in x 19 5/16 in (36.51 cm x 49.05 cm);6 11/16 in x 6 5/16 in (16.99 cm x 16.03 cm)
Museum Purchase
Two women holding signs at a protest march. They are talking together on the side of a street.
Leonard Freed
Two Women Hold Signs at Women's Rights Demonstration, New York City, USA
gelatin silver print on paper
10 x 8 in. ( 25.4 x 20.32 cm )
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
Ernest Baker
For Every Fighter A Woman Worker Y.W.C.A - Back Our Second Line of Defense - United War Work Campaign
color lithograph on paper
41 3/4 x 27 13/16 in. (106 x 70.5 cm)
Gift of Mr. Maurice F. Lyons
Elliott Erwitt
Jackie Kennedy at Funeral, from "Portfolio of 15 Photographs"
gelatin silver print on paper
16 in. x 19 15/16 in. ( 40.7 cm x 50.7 cm )
Gift of Gerald Lotenberg
Text: Will you help the Women of France? SAVE WHEAT - They are struggling against starvation and trying to feed not only themselves and children: but their husbands and sons who are fighting in the trenches. - United States Food Administration
Edward Penfield
Will You Help the Women of France? Save Wheat
color lithograph on paper
36 7/16 in. x 4 ft. 8 3/16 in. (92.5 x 142.7 cm)
Gift of Mr. Maurice F. Lyons
A mask with an oval shaped head and protruding features. The mouth features articulated teeth. A blue bird sits atop the head of the mask. 
Gelede Mask
20th century
wood, pigment |
Gift of Michael and Phyllis Courlander
Carved wood mask in the form of a human head. The head is bald, there are three black horizontal marks on each cheek, and three black vertical marks on the forehead. The pupils are pierced and the bottom of the mask has a raised lip. The inside top of the mask is filled with sand. 
Gelede Mask
1950 – 1999
wood, pigment, sand |
Bequest of the Estate of Pamela Anne Seevers
A suberply cast hollow bronze figure of Tara, a Buddhist goddess, shown leated in the lalitasana pose ("royal ease," with one knee bent and the other relaxed), her right hand extended to her right knee in vara mudra (the gesture of charity), and her left hand in vitarka mudra (the gesture of teaching, with the thumb and third finger brought together). She wears a dhoti and jewelry, including an elaborate tiara and enormous lotus-petal design ear plugs. Her face has a broad, open forehead, with wide, slightly arching brows; her eyes are downcast with "s"-shaped upper lids; her nose is straight and long, and her mouth, in a curved Cupid's bow shape, is small but full. Her torso leans slightly to her left, which is balanced by the right tilt of her head. She sits on a double lotus dais with beaded upper and lower rims. The image and the base were case in one piece in the lost-wax method.  There are traces of red paint for her mouth and blue paint for her hair.
Bodhisattva Tara (Tibetan, Jetsun Dolma)
18th century
gilt bronze with inlaid semi-precious stones and traces of polychrome |
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
Albrecht Dürer
The Virgin as Queen of the Angels
woodcut on paper
11 3/4 x 8 5/16 in. (29.85 x 21.11 cm);11 3/4 x 8 5/16 in. (29.85 x 21.11 cm);19 x 14 in. (48.26 x 35.56 cm);12 13/16 x 8 7/8 in. (32.54 x 22.54 cm)
Museum Purchase
A photograph of a woman wearing a large fur hat, jewelry, and a long draped body garment. She holds a strand of beads in her hands, looking down toward the right. 
John Thomson
Mongol Woman
albumen silver print on paper
3 7/16 in x 2 15/16 in (8.7 cm x 7.5 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm);3 7/16 in x 2 15/16 in (8.7 cm x 7.5 cm)
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
The Princess is standing with one gloved hand hanging by her side and the other, ungloved, resting on the banister of the stairs. In front of her, the stairs rise to a large stone building (possibly Windsor Castle). In the background is a deep landscape with figures in the distance at the right.
Henry Eldridge
Portrait of Princess Mary
1805 – 1815
pencil and wash | wove paper
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

This resource examines images of women in leadership roles, as well as female artists who were/are leaders in their field.


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131 Collection Object Sources

Votes for Women (1964/2.154)
Gelede Mask (2016/1.251)
Gelede Mask (TC2008.2)
Mongol Woman (1988/2.17)
Marilyn (1969/1.84)
Isadora Duncan (1950/1.120)
Isadora Duncan (1950/1.117)
Portrait of Rodin (1977/1.169)
Dawn (2000/2.141.2)
Sand and Wild Roses (2000/2.141.3)
Nature (2000/2.141.4)
Danish Girl (2000/2.141.1)
The Seasons (2000/2.141.5)
Untitled (2016/2.459)
Untitled (2017/2.223)
Untitled (2016/2.458)
Untitled (2017/2.227)
Untitled (2017/2.221)
Untitled (2017/2.218)
Untitled (2017/2.217)
Untitled (2017/2.212)
Untitled (2017/2.230)
Untitled (2017/2.220)
Untitled (2017/2.213)
Untitled (2017/2.224)
Untitled (2017/2.214)
Untitled (2017/2.216)
Untitled (2017/2.219)
Untitled (2017/2.215)
Untitled (2017/2.225)
Untitled (4) (1978/1.174)
Magnolia Bud (2004/2.144)
Northwest Native (1983/1.287)
Two Callas (1976/2.10)
Agave Design 1 (1976/2.11)
Hardware Store (2011/2.5)
New York at Night (2018/1.317)
Trinity Church (1989/1.72)
Valerie Bettis (1991/2.48)
Mountain Pass (2016/2.293)
Daisies (2016/2.295)
Untitled (2013/2.155)
Aurora I (2001/2.125)
Yellow with Red Tanks (2017/2.108.18)
Abdominal Surgery (2017/2.108.10)
I want my Mama (2017/2.108.12)
Blue Rectangle (2017/2.108.14)
Winged Ones (2016/2.192)
Another Morning (2016/2.167)
After Manet (2004/2.3)
Ghada (2016/1.203)
Sayed (2016/1.202)
Untitled (2006/1.152)
Freedom, a Fable (1997/1.527)
Untitled (2014/2.2)
Colored (2003/1.406)
New Hope (2010/1.205)
Untitled (1983/2.147)
Untitled (1993/2.13.1)
Untitled (1993/2.13.2)

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