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Women in the Arts

‘I learned to be unapologetically confident and decisive, which has proved vital not just in the arts, but everywhere’

‘The biggest hurdle we had to overcome was psychological: the belief that there never had been, and never could be, great women artists’

‘I have invested a lot of energy promoting women artists’

‘Mentorship? I don’t think I even knew what the word meant!’

‘No one is born a feminist but, if nothing else makes us so beforehand, our working environments will’

‘I felt that I had to pretend my son didn’t exist; in order to be professional, it felt necessary to mimic the behaviour of men’

‘We need more advocates across gender lines and emphatic leaders in museums and galleries to create inclusive, supportive and generative spaces’

‘When I opened Monika Sprüth Galerie, only very few German gallerists represented women artists’

‘Women’s salaries are less than men’s, even though they occupy the same jobs’

‘The way I see it, the #metoo movement is as much about bringing down certain figures as it is about reconsidering how law is exercised’

‘At last there is a communal mechanism for women to call a halt to the demeaning conventions of machismo’

‘Coping as a woman in France is a daily battle: the aggression can be subtle, and you always have to push harder to make yourself heard’