On June 14, 1984 we went to a protest outside the Museum of Modern Art where there was a survey exhibition of 169 artists, with only 13 women and even fewer artists of color. We were shocked that no one visiting the museum seemed to care! That was the AHA! Moment. There HAD to be a better way -- a more contemporary, creative way -- to break through people's belief that museums always knew best and there wasn't any discrimination in the artworld. We had the idea to do street posters, got some friends together some 9 months later, passed the hat around to pay for printing, and called ourselves the Guerrilla Girls. Those first posters started a public discussion that is still going on. They led to hundreds more, not just about art, but also about film, politics and pop culture. Our crazy kind of activism (using facts and humor) became a model for hundreds of thousands of people all over the world who want to use their creativity to fight for issues they care about.

In 1985, a group of women artists founded the Guerrilla Girls. They assumed the names of dead wome artists and wore gorilla masks in public, concealing their identities and focusing on the issues rather than their personalities. Between 1985 and 2000, close to 100 women, working collectively and anonymously, produced posters, billboards, public actions, books and other projects to make feminism funny and fashionable. At the turn of the millennium, three separate and independent incorporated groups formed to bring fake fur and feminism to new frontiers:

Guerrilla Girls, Inc., www.guerrillagirls.com, was established by two founding Guerrilla Girls and othe members to continue the use of provocative text, visuals and humor in the service of feminism and social change. They have written several books and create projects about the art world, film, politics and pop culture. They travel the world, talking about the issues and their experiences as feminist maske avengers, reinventing the “f” word into the 21st century. 

Guerrilla Girls On Tour, Inc., www.guerrillagirlsontour.com, is a touring theatre collective founded by three former members of the Guerrilla Girls. GGOT develops original plays, performances and workshops, street theatre actions and residency programs that dramatize women’s history and address the lack of opportunities for women and artists of color in the performing arts. 

GuerrillaGirlsBroadBand, Inc., www.ggbb.org, was formed by a founding Guerrilla Girl, four former members of the Guerrilla Girls, and a bevy of young, next-generation feminists and artists of color. “The Broads” combat sexism, racism and social injustice, exploring such taboo subjects as feminism and fashion and discrimination in the wired workplace through their website and live interactive activist events.