“Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”

–Ann Richards

Ginger Rogers is associated with the phrase “backwards and in high heels”, which means to say that she being a woman was disregarded by the press, media and film industry for contributing in any remarkable sort of way to her body of work. Where Ginger Rogers is attributed as one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood in the 1940’s Fred Astaire her co-star and friend at the time is seen as the fore running of a more contemporary movement for which she should have been equally if not more accredited. Similarly, it is in the fates of our female artists in this country to more often than not take a backseat for the egos of their male counterparts. They work equally if not harder for the same rewards. However, they are rarely given their dues and reduced to the versatility embedded in the physical appearances as opposed to their art.