As gender archeology is slowly unmasking the social construction of gender identities of the past, it is becoming clear that women were not just passive participants. Yet women still face and have to deal with this misunderstanding in current society.
By placing the typical representation of femininity and fertility, a venus, in all forms and shapes on a pedestal with their power stunted by a glass ceiling above them, the artist creates a symbol of women throughout the history of humanity. With the use of humor, Alicia Framis denounces the situation in which women are and have been, and strives for a more equal world for everyone.?
“The glass ceiling”—an expression used for the first time in 1978—is artificial, addressing an invisible barrier in women’s professional careers. The invisible glass curtails and limits women’s aspirations and opportunities. Now, in 2022, forty-four years after the coining of the expression “The glass ceiling”, what has actually changed for women over the intervening time?