When the artist Carolee Schneemann first exhibited in Paris in 1964, a shocked Marcel Duchamp declared the performance the messiest work of art that France had ever witnessed. Meat Joy featured half a dozen men and women, semi-nude and plastered in red paint, writhing with dead fish and raw chicken, as well as each other.
Image: Carolee Schneemann’s Eye Body #11, 1963.
For centuries, women all over the world have fought and ruled, written and taught. They’ve done business, explored, revolted and invented. They’ve done everything men have done — and a lot of things they haven’t.
Some of these women we know about. But so many others we don’t. For every Joan of Arc, there’s a Mongolian wrestler princess; for every Mata Hari, there’s a Colombian revolutionary spy; for every Ada Lovelace, there’s a pin-up Austrian telecoms inventor.
The women who shaped our planet are too many to mention, so here are just a few of the most frankly badass females of all time.
Tomorrow's Libra Full Moon is for those who think they are failing, who feel they are overlooked, unheard, misunderstood, outcast, exiled, laughed at, because they can see beyond trends and are way ahead of time in their thinking and doing. The visionaries. Meet Lucia Joyce.