|From Learn World Calligraphy, page 25|
European calligraphers at first, though, were mainly male, with roots in the monastery, print shop, and type foundry. The Arts and Crafts Movement changed that; women were among the most influential students of Edward Johnston in England. While early 20th-century calligraphers in the US came from signpainting and typography, the popularity of calligraphy as a hobby and as an adjunct of fiber arts, book arts, and printmaking brought hundreds of capable women into the field.
It's been centuries since anyone could pooh-pooh a writing style by describing it as a "girls' script," as the entrenched bureaucracy did in 16th-century Korea. The phonetic style they denigrated has grown to become Korea's National Treasure #70.
There's a good chapter about women writing in A History of Writing, by Albertine Garr of the British Museum.
|From Learn World Calligraphy, p 145, photo courtesy Gary Westergren.|