Here are some examples of when embroidery became part of a move to transform the relationship of art to society, and the place of women with in it.
Suffragette Banners of the early 1900′s
Sonia Terk Delaunay – textile designer and artist, also did embroidered collage paintings.
Judy Chicago, the Dinner Party. Combination of embroidery, ceramics and installation commemorating women in history
Contemporary Stitch Protest
Samples of hand embroidered patches with a statement.