Things have changed
Found in a "Friend's" journal .
From the wall card by one of Louise Nevelson's sculptures at the
Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, quoting a critic commenting on one
of her shows in 1947:
"We learn the artist is a woman in time to check our enthusiasm. Had it been otherwise we might have hailed these sculptural expressions as by a great figure among the moderns."
Things are a little different today, but we still have some of it. Speaker of the House? We got our first woman in the job less than a year ago. Israel had Golda Meir, Britain had Thatcher; those were the chief executive.
We have people who argue that Clinton ought not be running, because she's a woman. That to get anywhere she'll have to prove herself more manly than her competition.
Concerned Women of America are complaining that Code Pink isn't being feminine (having an opinion, and sharing it with others is masculine, and evil; at least for women).
So things are a little different. But we still have a culture which wants to say: had it been a man, we could count those people among the best of the moderns.