Judith Leyster (1609–1660) was a painter during the Dutch Golden Age. At points, her work has been variably misattributed to Frans Hals or her husband, Jan Miense Molenaer. She was amongst the first women to be admitted to the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke and eventually took on male apprentices. It is possible that she was a student of Hals, and it is known that she sued him at one time for unlawfully poaching one of her apprentices. Her work includes genre scenes and portraits, and though she was a respected painter in her lifetime, her reputation suffered posthumously as she was seen to be more of a follower of male painters of the period. As works have come to be correctly attributed to her, this view is shifting.