About Us

This blog was founded by the 2010-2012 Outreach Coordinators for the National Art Education Association Women’s Caucus, Caryl Church and Jennifer Motter. It has been extended and maintained by the subsequent Outreach Coordinators Olga Ivashkevich, Christine Woywod, and Courtnie Wolfgang.

NAEAWC Voices is meant to give a platform for your voice in the Women’s Caucus membership and art education profession. This blog shares cross-generational feminist artwork and insights, and solicits your responses on the issues of gender and justice in contemporary art education and beyond.


2 Responses to About Us

  1. One of the more interesting Women’s Caucus events for me was the “Lobby Session”. The conversation started with an observation that young professional women don’t self-identify as “feminists”. As the conversation continued, individuals (now numbering about 50 of them, mostly women) described what it meant to be a “feminist”, and we talked about our lives and aspirations as professional women dedicated to teaching. As more and more people spoke, I was profoundly moved by the similarities of the stories being told – stories of utter frustration with demeaning workplace conditions of so many highly accomplished, smart, creative, dedicated women professionals – young and old. I could only conclude that after 40 years of feminism, women have made little real progress in the workplace. The data confirms this observation.

    With so little real gain over the past 4 decades, and so much to be done, the NAEA Women’s Caucus is a great place to start disturbing the peace!

  2. naeawcvoices says:

    You are so right, Elizabeth! Being young and having gone through the journey of identifying as a young feminist, I have found that many of my peers my age find the idea of calling oneself a “Feminist” it to be an age-old stigma. I constantly think to myself what it really means to be a feminist at 23 in the year 2010 – when things are supposedly “better” and “equal” for women – so far, that really hasn’t been the case. However, I find a lot of inspiration hearing stories from past decades and find a lot of common threads to learn from. I worry that the rich history of women before us will be lost or misconstrued since so many aren’t willing to take the torch and move it forward and to defeat the notion of “feminist” being a bad f-word.

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