Out of the picture

January 5, 2017

I read with interest your article “Male scientists ‘outnumber women 3:1’ in school textbooks” (News, 8 December).

This issue is also relevant to the study of the arts, an issue that my PhD has addressed. The world’s best-selling art book and standard textbook, Ernst Gombrich’s The Story of Art (first published 1950, now in its 16th edition, 2016), still mentions only one female artist. This provides little in the way of role models for female BA (Hons) fine art students, who form 74 per cent of the population of graduates.

Helen Gorrill
Visual arts research
Coventry University


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