Artistic Movement

Throughout their existence, the Guerrilla Girls have gained the most attention for their "protest art".

Their works, mainly posters, are used to express their ideals, opinions, and concerns with regard to a variety of topics. The Guerrilla Girl's art has always been fact-driven, and informed by the group's data collection. Though to make their posters more eye-catching, the Guerrilla Girls add humorous images. Their posters are also notable for their use of combative statements such as '"When racism and sexism are no longer fashionable, what will your art collection be worth?"

In the early days, posters were brainstormed, designed and then hung around New York City. The first posters were mainly black and white papers, highlighting inequalities between male and female artists regarding the amount of work shown in galleries and pay. The posters also intended to reveal how sexist the art world was in comparison to other industries and to national averages. For example, in 1985, they printed a poster showing that the salary gap between men and women in the art world was higher than the United States' average, proclaiming "Women in America earn only 2/3 of what men do. Women artists earn only 1/3 of what men do."

These early posters also often targeted specific galleries and artists. Another 1985 poster listed the names of some of the most famous working artists, such as Bruce Nauman and Richard Serra, and asked "What do these artists have in common?" Their answer being that those artists allow their work to be shown in galleries that show no more than 10% of women or none at all.

Influence and Legacy

The Guerrilla Girls had their views mostly shaped by the 1970's women's movement, and around the same time, noticed a decline in feminist campaigns. They were inspired by previous feminist group protesters, but changed their tactics. They viewed the previous feminist groups to be "man-hating, anti-maternal, unduly strident, and humorless". They found that the other groups were protesting more serious, unfunny issues, so the Guerrilla Girls decided it was their job to bring a lighter side to an issue they found worth protesting.

The Guerrilla Girls have had a few groups start because of their influence. Despite they share a similar name, the two groups are unrelated to the original. Guerrilla Girls on Tour! and GuerrillaGirlsBroadband are two groups that follow the originals and are influenced by then. The former deals with inequality with Internet and workplace issues in the latter.