swynnerton’s realistic representation of women is empowering. female power is projected across various age groups, indicating that we are possible of our own narratives and meaning.
i first came across annie swynnerton at an exhibition held at manchester gallery. from the exhibition i learnt that she was educated at manchester school of art and in 1922, she even joined the royal academy. we can only appreciate swynnerton’s breakthrough when we evaluate the current position of women in the arts. the figure of women in the royal academy stands at 28%. we know that during swynnerton’s lifetime, women were believed to lack the intellectual and artistic capacity of men.
so here’s my question to you. how far has society moved away from this belief?