November 29, 2015

Childfree Celebrities: Artist Edition – Women’s History Month

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait, 1940. See discussi...

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait, 1940. See discussion of her works below. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


So I’m an artist and a woman and I’m a little annoyed that there isn’t an Artist’s History Month. I will celebrate Women’s History Month and bemoan the fact that it’s during crappy mud season, but hey, women are used to getting the shaft. Let’s make a pledge to have Women’s History Month last all year. Let’s celebrate our freedom to make choices and use our voices. We are still questioned about our childfree status and told we can’t “have it all” (which to many means career and children and a happy life). My career, happy marriage, and childfree lifestyle is everything,


and my art is my legacy. Here is a list of fabulous female artists (fine arts) who chose to have it all – just not kids! This month I will be including women from other fields who are my childfree (s)heroes!


Georgia O’Keeffe – Painter


Frida Kahlo – Painter


Mary Cassatt – Painter


Lee Krasner – Painter


Zaha Hadid – Architect “I have not sacrificed my private life. It was not an issue for me. It wasn’t a choice. I don’t think one has to get married. Nor are you obliged to have children if you don’t want them. I didn’t think Oh dear, I can’t have kids – it was never like that, it was not a sacrifice. If I had been with the right person and I’d had kids I’m sure I could have managed”


Tracey Emin – Artist. Emin once said that being childless is difficult because “you’re treated like a witch.”


Cath Kidson – Designer


Coco Chanel – Designer


Edith Head – Costume Designer


Jessie Wilcox Smith – Illustrator


Kate Greenaway – Illustrator


Beatrice Wood – Artist


Hey WNKers: Can you think of others?



  1. Somehow I never realized how many of my “heroes” chose not to have children. This was very cool to discover today!

  2. Frida Kahlo didn’t have children only due to a terrible bus accident she was involved in. She wanted children and her sadness of her inability to do so was a common theme in her paintings.

  3. Thank you for refreshing take on childfree artists, please continue


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