My ancestral grandmothers were creatives during a time when women were not accepted as Artists. One identified herself as a hobbyist and modestly signed her work with small lowercase initials. The other declared herself to be an Artist. Bold, but at the end of the day she signed her work with her last name only or a masculine version of her first name. Her lettering was strong and in all caps, but she did not reveal herself as a woman. It was a practical measure.
I sign my works simply with my first name. It is feminine and unchanging and without flourish. No big statement, just me doing what I enjoy.
I am a proud member of The Women's Caucus for Art www.nationalwca.org , a national organization which works globally to provide professional, educational, and activist support for female artists. The work of the WCA is important and necessary because, though women can now freely identify as artists, many professional paths and recognitions are still considered to be male territory.
Please support women in the arts and the efforts of organizations such as the WCA. Thank you.