Guerrilla Girls records document the
activities of the feminist art group, comprising a complete set of posters, mass mailings,
form letters, and other graphic materials, along with internal group memoranda, letters from
fans, business correspondence, and audiovisual materials.
The Guerrilla Girls formed in 1985 as an anonymous group determined to fight sexism in the
art world. Their initial strategy was to put up protest posters during the night in the Soho
neighborhood of Manhattan. What residents saw in the morning were statistics printed in
black on white paper, and the numbers spoke for themselves: that only one woman had had a
solo exhibition in a New York Museum in the previous year; that fewer than 10% of artists
shown in top galleries were women; that art magazines devoted less than 25% of coverage to
women artists. Confronting the art world with its patent injustice, the posters caused a
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