Feminisations of artistic work: legal measures and female artists’ resources do matter

Marle Buscatto


While all legal and formal barriers limiting women’s access to art worlds have
disappeared in democratic countries, getting access to artistic work, maintaining oneself in one’s art world, and being recognized as an artist remain more difficult for women than for men in all observed art worlds whether dominantly masculine’, nearly mixed, or ‘feminine’. Recent empirical research has identified several key social processes which cumulate over time to produce gendered differences between women’s and men’s career paths in democratic societies. But research has also shown that female artists do get more and more access to artistic work and to
artistic recognition over time, thanks to several resources which they, consciously or not, use to do so.

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