In the 1970s women artists began protesting their lack of representation in major museum shows and galleries.
They also started their own cooperative galleries. Miriam Schapiro and Judy Chicago started a feminist art program in Los Angeles.
Chicago later worked with other women to create The Dinner Party (1979), a huge table with specially designed place settings honoring thirty-nine famous women.
In 1976 art historians Ann Sutherland Harris and Linda Nochlin demonstrated that there were many great women artists in the past with a major traveling exhibit, Women Artists 1550-1950.
A similar show on American women architects was put together by Susanna Torre in 1977.