On August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women in the United States the right to vote. With this, women’s voices were finally heard and many more opportunities began to be obtained by women. Confined by traditional gender perspectives, women are still treated marginally. Almost one hundred years after the passage of the 19th amendment, women are often perceived as weaker than men and incapable to hold such important positions as the Presidency of the United States, or other leadership positions.
This work commemorates the struggle for equality, by presenting a gilded cage dress that simultaneously demonstrates our society’s dual standards on women. Presenting the female figure as a trapped image, controlled by men, and yet the powerful female forms such as the Statue of Liberty, communicates the paradoxical state of gender affairs in America. My work is a tribute to the 19th Amendment, but also a reminder that progress is not wholly a matter of changing laws but also attitudes.