Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2015

Course Name

FY 103.32 - Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History


Jeanne Buckley


First Year Seminar, Arcadia University Undergraduate Curriculum


This paper discusses the highlights of Frida Kahlo’s life from a feminist perspective. Although it focuses on her various medical and personal traumas, Kahlo’s art is explored as well, especially her numerous self-portraits. The importance and significance of her art through a lens of self-expression is explained. Particular emphasis is placed on her complicated relationship with Diego Rivera and how it affected her life and art. The work of several experts is explored and expanded upon, including Kahlo-focused researchers, art critics, and creators of exhibits featuring her works. Kahlo’s relation to the course this research paper is being written for is discussed in the final part of the paper, along with the reasons why the public is fascinated with her.