Women’s History Month

Image of five women dancing and wearing banana skirts
Faith Ringgold, American Collection #4: Jo Baker’s Bananas, 1997; Purchased with funds donated by the Estate of Barbara Bingham Moore, Olga V. Hargis Family Trusts and the Members Acquisition Fund. Photograph courtesy of the artist; © 1997 Faith Ringgold

Celebrate Women’s History Month with us!

The museum’s mission year-round is to address gender imbalance in the art world, but every March—Women’s History Month—NMWA has an opportunity to catch the attention of a wider audience to celebrate women artists. Check out what’s going on this year!

What’s On for Women’s History Month 2018


NMWA’s popular social media campaign to highlight women in the arts is back for a third year, and we’re placing a special emphasis on sharing the stories of women artists of color. Take the challenge by following/posting about #5WomenArtists on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and tag us @WomenInTheArts.

read the #5womenartists press release

Museum Events

Tour: Fierce Women

March 4, 2018
1–2 p.m. Attend a free drop-in tour celebrating the “fierce women” who blazed trails as artists, activists, and innovators. Part of Free Community Day.

Film: Womanhouse

March 4, 2018
2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m. This documentary explores the 1972 art installation and performance space organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon 2018

March 17, 2018
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Help us improve Wikipedia articles about women artists and encourage more women to become editors.

Righting the Balance III: Can there be gender parity in museums?

March 18, 2017
4:30–8 p.m. This Fresh Talk explores whether true gender parity in museums is possible.

NMWA Nights: Welcome to Our House

March 28, 2018
6–8:30 p.m. Explore your crafty side, NMWA’s collection, and special exhibition Women House during this happy hour event.



Hung Liu In Print

January 19–July 8, 2018
This exhibition explores the relationship between Chinese-American artist Hung Liu’s multi-layered paintings and her works on paper.

Women House

March 9–May 28, 2018
Inspired by the landmark 1972 project “Womanhouse,” Women House challenges conventional ideas about gender and the domestic space.


Highlights from Women’s History Month 2017


The second year of NMWA’s popular social media campaign #5WomenArtists was a great success—the American Alliance of Museums gave it a Gold award in Digital Communities at the annual Media & Technology MUSE Awards!  Thanks to all those who took the challenge. Some highlights:

11,000 individuals and 520 organizations from 30 countries and all seven continents participated!

See some of the best posts from International Women’s Day and the last week of the campaign.

Nearly 500 people took the Buzzfeed quiz, “Which of these 5 Women Artists are You? (Part Two)

Participants used this #5WomenArtists set of shareable infographics about women in the arts. Download a set via the link.

We also hit the streets to ask, “Can you name five women artists?” Watch the results! 


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