Successful women artists and writer who have children
(this list is by no means complete or in any particular order,
any mistakes in spelling or information and additions please let us know!)

Rachel Whiteread
Sylvia Plachy
Artemisia Gentileschi
Berthe Morisot
Louise Nevelson
Joan Brown
Julie Mehretu
Sharon Butler
Elizabeth Murray
Wendy White
Diane Arbus
Ellen Harvey
Mary Kelly
(created Post-Partum Document 1973-1979, a seminal work from the 1970’s documenting her relationship as a working mother)
Maya Lin
Ellen Lanyon
Kim Fisher
Katherine Daniels
Rachel Feinstein
Rita Ackerman
Vanessa Beecroft
Jenny Saville
(series of paintings based on photographs of her giving birth)
Lisa Sigel (3 kids)
Chloe Piene
Ruth Root
Danica Phelps
Julie Heffernan
Ingrid Calame (baby at 43)
Monique Prieto (3 kids)
Jennifer Dalton
Lisa Corinne Davis
Nancy Davidson
Cheryl Donegan
Kirsten Hassenfield
Jessica Hutchins (2 children)
Kathe Kollwitz
Monica Bock
Nina Levy
Laura Owens
Marlene Dumas
Catherine Opie
Gina Magid
Yvonne Jacquette
Lygia Clarke
Dana Hoey
Lee Bontecou
Andrea Zittel
Sarah Sze
Sonia Delaunay
Ida Applebroog (4 children and the Macarthur Grant)
Tanya Marcuse
Nicole Cherubini
Laura Letinsky
Judy Legerwood
Pamela Fraser
Gael Stack
Nancy Spero (3 children, six grandchildren)
Louise Bourgeois (3 children)
Amy Myers (baby at 43)
Dannielle Tegeder
Carol Bove
Jane Fine
Jennifer Wrobleski
Austin Thomas
Dorothea Rockburne
Ellie Murphy
Elisa Jensen
Natalie Moore
Nicole Cherubini
Lygia Pape
Kara Walker
Jessica Rankin
Leanora Carrington
Wangechi Mutu
Anne Truitt (3 children, eight grandchildren)
Elizabeth Murray (3 children)
Alice Neel
Bettye Saar
Sarah Vanderlip
Laura Parnes
Andrea Zittel
Michelle Grabner (3 children)
Melissa Dadourian
Margaret Kilgallen RIP
Lorna Simpson
Ann Hamilton
Lorena Turner
Sally Mann
Coco Fusco
Shawne Major
Sara Wooster
Grace Hartigan
Nina Levy
Maggie Michaels
Libby Hartle
Peggy Kaplan
Jean Shin
Caitlin Masley
Rita Ackerman
Barbara Hepworth (4 children, one plus triplets!)
Katie Schimert
Gina Werfel
Cecily Brown
Dorothea Rockburne
Martha Rosler
Phyllida Barlow
Rachel Hayes
Jessica Mein
Sara Crowner
Kristine Moran
Nicole Eisenman
Roxana Robinson
Anne Sexton
Sylvia Plath
Alice Munro
Alice Walker
Maxine Kumin
Louise Erdrich (six children, it is a long story)
Mary Wollstonecraft
Mary Shelly (wrote Frankenstein as a pregnant teenager)
Charlotte Bronte (died in childbirth)
Alice Notley
Susan Choi
Jane Campion
Nora Ephron
Nancy Meyers
Sophia Coppola
Barbara Kingsolver
Denise Levertov
Mira Nair
Annie Proulx (4 children)
Paula Fox (who gave her first child up for adoption and, reconnecting many years later, discovered she was Courtney Love’s grandmother)
Toni Morrison
Gwendolyn Brooks
Dorianne Laux
Ayelet Waldman
Isabel Allende
Anne Lamott
Joyce Maynard
Jhumpa Lahiri
Zadie Smith
Margaret Atwood
Adrienne Rich
Jamaica Kincaid
Mary Gordon
Julia Kristeva
Joan Didion
Rachel Hayes
Jessica Mein
Sara Crowner
Kristine Moran
Susan Silas
Elizabeth Tremante
Olja Stipanovic
Aisha Bell
Ellen Harvey
Sarah Charlesworth
Laurie SImmons
Andrea Robbins
Aura Rosenberg
Hilla Becher
Jenny Holzer
Sylvia Kolbowski
Barbara Bloom
Louise Lawler
Amy Bennet
Lauri de Chira
Myrium Mechita
Joan Linder
Anonda Bell
Henriette Hulich
Carmela Ciuraru

*thanks to University of Chicago, professor and photographer Laura Letinsky who helped inspire the list and substantially contributed to it.


5 Responses to “MOMTRA List”

  1. Hi momtra!
    So glad that I found this sight today. I have a few more names of successful women artists who have just recently had children to add to your list:
    Rachel Hayes
    Jessica Mein
    Sara Crowner
    and myself, Kristine Moran

    All of us have children under 2 years old and have had solo and group shows in the past year!

    Thanks for putting this site together!

  2. Penny Davis said

    I am writing a phd on the relationship between motherhood and abstract sculpture so this is very useful thank you. Perhaps Phyllida Barlow should be added to the list? Penny Davis

  3. […] defines success is relative to the artist.” Masley, with Dannielle Tegeder, is co-founder of Momtra, a blog for artists with young children that contains helpful hints for maintaining work-life […]

  4. Also, Nicole Eisenman (2 children) / artist and Roxana Robinson / writer

  5. You can add Julianne Swartz, Janine Antoni, and Jessica Stockholder.

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