anna dawson





sketch book

You Can't Break this Glass Ceiling


Leading up to the election, liberal millennials and feminists like myself felt confident in Hillary’s campaign and had little doubt about her success. the glass ceiling was thin and brittle. It didn’t feel like a restriction, but an opportunity to visualize success for women in America. Her triumph would feel conclusive, like a person breaking the ribbon at the finish line of a race. Clinton referenced the glass ceiling many times in her campaign as a transparent barrier where possibilities for women are visible but are not attainable. I believed Clinton not only would win the election, but in doing so, she would break the glass ceiling that has suppressed the ascent of women to the most prestigious position of power in the United States. I naively believed I lived in an America in which a woman could do or accomplish anything that a man could. She did not win, and the misogyny deeply rooted in American society prevailed. The glass ceiling that has been revealed to me does not show possibility, but rather, a barrier against myself and other women. In light of the recent election, these images represent the overwhelming feeling that the oppressive glass ceiling is strong and resilient.


This work is meant to be viewed on a wall or ceiling as one composition.