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Brendan JonesProfessor CohenArt of the Enlightenment13 May 2015Final Exam Women were seen as inferior to men during the eighteenth-century and their lack of rights was a clear reflection of their discrimination. So when women created art, it wasseen as a hobby with no real cultural or stylistic impact. Artist such as Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and Angelica Kauffman and patrons such as Marie Antoinette sought to lessen theseverity of sexism by creating works of art that innovate, raise the expectations of female artists and raise the eyebrows of their male counterparts. They were trailblazers that laid down the groundwork for female artists and without them; the battle for gender equality and the progressing art world may have slowed their pace.Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun was a highly influential artist during the eighteenth-century. Her Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat (1782) portrays herself as powerful, elegant andconfident. She pays attention to fine detail in her clothing and features, but does not distract the viewer from the subject. Her light brown hair and the flowers in her hat look