Early women artists are often depicted as rebellious souls who “wreak havoc” by overturning social expectations. In Florence, Artemisia Gentileschi shocked her fellows at Casa Buonarroti by painting her tribute to Michelangelo on the gallery ceiling while five months pregnant. In France, not too long ago, Rosa Bonheur was arrested for painting in public—in trousers. Stories of women artists and their “indiscretions” undoubtedly give us a thrill, but in this article I’d like to look at the “small” but fascinating transgressions that characterize their art—not their lives. A large part of reclaiming the history of women painters lies in making it a point to see their works. When you find yourself contemplating art by women, here are a handful of details worth noticing. Before you “break the mold”, first you have got to put a crack in it!