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Praxagora

Literary, known in ancient Greece, beginning circa 392 B.C.E.

Praxagora is the lead character in Aristophanes’ play The Assemblywomen (circa 392 B.C.E.). She and her female comrades conceive a plan to wrest control of Athenian governance. Disguised as men, they enter the Assembly and vote on a measure that will hand power over to women. Once at the helm, women establish a socialistic utopia in which all Athenians are declared equal, private property is abolished, and the state provides housing, food, and general care to every citizen.

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). <em>The Dinner Party</em> (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography
Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

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