The feminist movement was important in the development of the art quilt.
"This movement, which formed with the diverse goals of securing equal political and economic rights for women, also fostered a deep abiding interest in traditional female craft." Penny McMorris
Women artists have increased in stature since the 70's and there are more of us. Many women artists have discovered quilt making. It is not surprising that a group of serious quilt artists has emerged in the last quarter of the 20th century. However, quilts are still not accepted as fine art in the male dominated art world.