I've profiled several artists for the "America's Notable Women" series. These women were able to create art despite social nonacceptance. It was not until the mid-twentieth century that they were able to make their way into the art world. They moved from "gentle ladies" who could paint china, or do needlepoint, to artists.
Nowadays gender makes no difference--art is what is made by an artist.
There have always been women artists, and lest we forget, here is a short video I found on YouTube. It shows the work created by women over hundreds of years.
Imagine how much richer the video would have been if all women who were so inclined had received the training, support, and the freedom to create that their male contemporaries received!