The objective of the article is to present the characteristic of T. Dreiser's views on the fate of the female artist in the United States of the early twentieth century. The main content of the article is the analysis of female images in the “Genius”, published in 1915. The author seeks to trace the relationship of women's theme with the feminism and the problem of relationships between artist and society on the example of the image system of the novel. The author of the paper points out the writer's special perception of the female theme: Dreiser was one of the first to address the issue of the fate of the female artist in this period. The article is addressed to philologists and linguists engaged in the study of American literature.