Womanhood in the 21st century is a compelling experience dominated by contradiction. On the one hand, women, particularly in the U.S., are more liberated than they have ever been, with fewer obstacles preventing them from the same opportunities provided to men. On the other hand, there are still vastly unrealistic standards, expectations and barriers placed on women because of their gender. In my artwork dealing with gender inequality, I am exploring questions such as a woman’s expected societal role (wife, mother, etc), standards of beauty, and conventional relationships to not only men, but to other women. Above all, I am continually curious with how these issues serve to empower women or how they work against full gender equality for men and women.