Throughout the exhibit there were pieces from Italian, African, American, Russian, and Finnish female artists contributing to the notion that this issue is far more reaching than the United States. It is a global issue and one that must be taken with a high priority within global leadership circles. Although women rights may seem to be more equal to men in places like the United States and Finland, these pieces are a reminder that even in two of the most socially advanced countries in the world, the oppression still has a heavy prevalence among the female population. It is also a testament that due to globalization and the interconnected nature of our global world, no country will be able to have equal rights for women in solidarity. The effects of advocacy for or against women's rights reverberate around the globe regardless of culture, upbringing, or circumstance. This was depicted in the Women's March that took place around the world earlier this year.
The pieces caused many feelings to arise for me. They invoked a sense of empowerment as I looked upon the beauty of what these women had created and the passion it took to create them. It also made me feel partially responsible for continuing to fight for the rights I feel are naturally entitled to me, my future daughters, and their daughters after that. I almost felt like it was a passing of the torch between these feminist artist who created a legacy to the new generation of female leaders. Last but not least, the most shocking for me were some of the statistics I read in the Guerilla Girls pieces. One of them was a list of how many female faculty were in the art departments at many institutions. The University of Florida made it on the list with only 19% of art faculty being female in 1994. This was a painful reminder that even at an institution which I hold dear to my heart, we still have a lot of work to do.
Expressing intercultural communication can be done in several ways including conversations, emails, letters, essays, or speeches, After attending this exhibition I have no doubt that the most emotional and motivational way to make people understand perspective is through art. It is effective and overcomes all barriers including language, culture, and bias. Art is an intersection where all people can understand, feel, and interpret similar messages without a single word spoken.