Women have played a significant role in shaping graphic design as we know it today. However, their contribution is often overlooked. Some may not be recognized in history since the industry is traditionally male-dominated and many well-known designers are often men. In the 20th century, female graphic designers played a big part in expanding social causes, improving the daily lives of citizens, and tackling gender imbalance. Their efforts and contributions allowed more females to pursue graphic design as a career.
Today, design still lacks women in leadership only 11% of creative directors in our industry are women (3percentmovement 2017), even though female graphic designers have spent many decades trying to make their mark and setting their own trends. Moreover, many female graphic designers took lead roles in existing agencies and others established their own successful businesses.
This project showcases powerful female designers from times that were even more challenging than it is today— allowing their breakthrough and incredible work to inspire those who still may be experiencing these problems today. These powerful female designers were in a time that was more challenging to become a female graphic designer than it is today. However, they were able to break through and produce incredible work. Yes, we’ve come a long way, but there's still work to be done. Be inspired through the confidence and bravery of these pioneering women!
If you wish to purchase any of these pieces, please contact the gallery director, Jacqueline Nathan (firstname.lastname@example.org.)