Judy Chicago: Female Rejection Drawing #3

The Rejection Quintet dealt with Chicago's continuing frustration with trying to address female experience while seeking recognition within patriarchal society. Despite growing support from the women’s art community, which she was so instrumental in building, Chicago struggled to show her work, gain the respect of male colleagues, and overtly explore feminist content. Encouraged by her friend, the feminist art critic Lucy R. Lippard, Chicago produced the most emotionally and aesthetically raw of her vulvar images thus far, pairing anatomically explicit drawings with handwritten, diaristic accounts of rejection and self-acceptance.