Social well-being is closely intertwined with the equality of women artists because a society that values and promotes gender equality within its artistic community tends to be more inclusive, progressive, and culturally enriched. This conference paper delves into the systemic challenges faced by women artists in China, where gender inequality in art discourse hinders their opportunities to exhibit as well as their pursuit of artistic careers, negatively impacting social well-being.

Through an extensive literature review and a feminist framework, this study analyses the impact of career goals and societal beliefs on the limited presence of Chinese women artists in the field. It identifies social expectations and roles imposed on Chinese women as caretakers and financial providers, which prioritize stable professions over artistic careers. Additionally, a prevalent societal belief persists, assuming that males are more successful in art while women are better suited for family-focused professions.

Addressing these systemic challenges and redefining career goals can empower Chinese women to challenge traditional norms, opening doors for greater inclusivity within the art community. By fostering an environment that encourages and supports the pursuit of artistic passions, these changes can tap into a vast reservoir of creativity that enriches China’s cultural tapestry. Ultimately, this paper advocates for transformative measures that create equal opportunities for Chinese women artists, enabling them to overcome barriers and make significant contributions to the artistic landscape in China. Through fostering gender equality in the arts, society can embrace diverse artistic expressions and promote social well-being by celebrating and valuing the talent and perspectives of all its artists, irrespective of gender.

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